Litanies are beautiful expressions of faith, hope and love, especially when they are sung.
There are six Litanies approved for liturgical recitation by the Latin Church. Most of have heard the Litany of Saints. However, many have probably not heard, for example, the Litany of St. Joseph, much less participated in it sung.
I also talk about what St. Augustine said about singing and loving.
Using the useful little Cantus Selecti, published by the monks of Solesmes, I show you how to sing the Litany of the Sacred Heart, and also the Litany of Loreto in honor of of the Blessed Virgin in three different tones, and finally the Litany of St. Joseph. In the back of the Liber Usualis there are two of these tones, as well as the notation for St. Joseph’s and the Sacred Heart’s. I once had notation for the Litany of the Holy Name and for the Litany of the Precious Blood, but I couldn’t find it.
Along the way I have an excerpt from my own ordination in 1991: the Litany of Saints as we were prostrated on the ground, ending with the prayer by the late Pope, John Paul II. Many thousands of people singing the responses.
This is a “how to” project. Perhaps you can start singing litanies where you are!
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