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Litanie

 

♦Al Sacro Cuore di Gesù

♦Della Beata Vergine Maria

♦Dell’umiltà

♦Santo Nome di Gesù

♦Allo Spirito Santo

♦A San Giuseppe

♦Alla Passione di Gesù

 

Una Litania

A litany is a well-known and much appreciated form of responsive petition, used in public liturgical services, and in private devotions, for common necessities of the Church, or in calamities — to implore God's aid or to appease His just wrath. This form of prayer finds its model in Psalm cxxxv: 'Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endured for ever. Praise ye the God of gods . . . the Lord of lords . . . Who alone doth great wonders . . . Who made the heavens', etc., with the concluding words in each verse, "for his mercy endured for ever."...

 

...Litanies appeared in honor of God the Father, of God the Son, of God the Holy Spirit, of the Precious Blood, of the Blessed Virgin, of the Immaculate Conception, of each of the saints honored in different countries, for the souls in Purgatory, etc. In 1601 Baronius wrote that about eighty forms were in circulation. To prevent abuse, Pope Clement VIII, by decree of the Inquisition of 6 Sept., 1601, forbade the publication of any litany, except that of the saints as found in the liturgical books and that of Loreto. To-day the litanies approved for public recitation are: of All Saints, of Loreto, of the Holy Name, of the Sacred Heart, of St. Joseph [Ed. and, approved in 1960, of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ].(From the Catholic Encyclopedia)

Many, many other litanies exist, and all of them may be prayed privately, but only these six are approved for public prayer. First a little background on each...

 

♦A tutti Santi

The Litany of the Saints -- the oldest of the litanies, dating to A.D. 595 -- is prayed liturgically at the Easter Vigil, during ordinations, on Rogation days, and also during solemn exorcisms, etc.. Privately, it is prayed any time one wishes, as with the other litanies, but is especially prayed after sundown on All Saints' Day in preparation for All Souls' Day, and on All Souls' Day itself.

This litany first invokes God in all Three Persons, then follow, in this order: Mary; the blessed spirits; St. Joseph and the Patriarchs and Prophets; the Apostles and Evangelists; all the disciples of the Lord; the Holy Innocents and the glorious martyrs; the holy Bishops and Confessors (those who suffer for the faith); the holy priests and Levites; the virgins and widows; and all holy men and women.

 

 

 

♦Al Sacro Cuore di Gesù

The Litany of the Sacred Heart is a "natural" for the month of June, dedicated to Christ's Heart.

The Litanie al Sacro Cuore di Gesù of Jesus is profoundly inspired is by the bible and  at the same time it reflects the most profoundly the experience of the human heart.  Mother Teresa not only loved to pray the Litanie al Sacro Cuore di Gesù ....

The symbolic image of Christ’s heart burning with love for us, even while pierced with the thorns of our indifference and ingratitude, as in the painting above, is also associated with this devotion.

 

Faithful Catholics around the world show Jesus their love in prayers such as the Litany of the Sacred Heart. Many also visit Him in the Blessed Sacrament in this devotion and receive Communion at Mass on the First Friday of each month in a spirit of reparation for the hostility and indifference he suffers from unrepentant sinners.

 

The Litany of the Sacred Heart is one of six litanies approved for public use by the Church

 

 

    ♦Litanie della Beata Vergine Maria

The Litany of Loreto - Our Lady of Loreto

The most beautiful, Marian Litany of Loreto (the "Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary"), whose present form dates to the 15th c., is prayed (usually privately) on Marian feasts and their vigils, on Saturdays, and is often added to Rosaries. It takes its name from Loreto, a small town on the Eastern coast of central Italy, in the region of Le Marche, a place where one can find what is known as the Holy House of Loreto. This house, according to tradition, is the house where Mary was born and in which the Archangel Gabriel made his Annunciation to her. It is said to have been translated by angels from Nazareth to Dalmatia in present-day Yugoslavia after Saracens re-took the Holy Land, and then to Loreto in A.D. 1291. St. Gabriel's "flight" from Heaven during the Annunciation, has caused Our Lady of Loreto to be seen as the Patroness of aviators and of air travellers -- and Charles Lindbergh, the astronauts of Apollo 9, and Umberto Nobile, who flew over the North Pole in the 1920s, all took images of Our Lady of Loreto with them on their historic missions.

 

The shrine (a basilica is now built around the house) has been associated with miracles, its veneration is papally approved, and around 50 Popes themselves have made pilgrimages to it or otherwise honored it in word, as have many, many Saints. The image at right is a version of the very unique and stylized statue of Our Lady of Loreto which is kept at the shrine. The statue -- the original was destroyed by fire -- depicts Our Lady holding Jesus and as clad in a dalmatic. Its deep hues are due to the original wood's having been darkened by the soot from candles and lamps that burned around it in the shrine's sanctuary.

 

   ♦Dell’umiltà

The Litany to Humility

by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

The litany of humility, for private devotions, is a moving prayer that can bring us closer to Christ. Do you worry constantly about what others think of you? Do you feel empty or frustrated if you’re not the center of attention? The litany of humility asks for our Lord’s assistance in humbly following in His footsteps and casting aside, or at least offering up to Him, all those nagging doubts and fears that come with our self-centeredness.

 

Our Lord asks us in Matthew’s gospel to learn from Him “for I am meek and humble of heart” (Matt 11:29), as he is described in the first line of this prayer below. We ask in this litany, composed by Rafael Cardinal Merry de Val (1865-1930), the Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X, that God fill our hearts and souls with genuine humility, an essential virtue for holiness. After all, as we read in the letter of St. James “God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6).

 

 

♦Santo Nome di Gesù

Questa litania del Santissimo Nome di Gesù ci riporta alla memoria le parole di San Paolo: “Qualsiasi cos to faccia in parole od opere, fai tutto nel nome del Signore Gesù.” (Col 3:17). Questo tributo di supplica rivolto al Signore si pensa che sia stato composto dai due campioni della devozione al Santo Nome di Gesù del 15° secolo, San Bernardino da Siena e il suo discepolo San Giovanni da Capestrano. Ci offre una favorevole opportunità per meditare sia sugli attributi di Nostro Signore, sia sulla sua vita, mentre gli chiediamo la sua guida e la sua assistenza divine.

 

La litania del Santissimo Nome di Gesù ricevette l’approvazione della Chiesa per uso privato con il Papa Sisto V, nel 1585, e per la recita pubblica con il Papa Leone XIII nel 1886. (E’ una delle sei litanie approvate per l’uso pubblico). La Chiesa celebra la festa del Santo Nome di Gesù il 3 di gennaio.

 

 

    ♦ Allo Spirito Santo

L’antica Litania dello Spirito Santo ci offre un notevole sommario della sua identità e dei suoi interventi nelle nostre vite. Quando, poco prima della sua crocifissione, Gesù parlò ai suoi apostoli, promise loro che avrebbe inviato lo Spirito Santo, una volta che si fosse ultimato il suo tempo sulla terra. “E pregherò il Padre  ed Egli vi darà un altro Consolatore, perché rimanga con voi per sempre...il Consolatore, lo Spirito Santo, che il Padre manderà nel mio nome, egli vi insegnerà ogni cosa e vi ricorderà tutto ciò che io vi ho detto.” (Gv 14: 16,25)

 

Questa promessa fu realizzata nel giorno di Pentecoste, quando lo Spirito Santo discese sugli apostoli. Lo Spirito Santo continua ad essere presente ed attivo nel mondo. Purtroppo però, noi non ci rivolgiamo allo Spirito Santo così tanto quanto dovremmo. Frequentemente, forse, ci rivolgiamo nelle nostre preghiere al Padre o a Gesù, ma quanto spesso invochiamo lo Spirito Santo?

 

Una delle ragioni potrebbe essere la nostra poca familiarità con la Terza Persona della Santa Trinità. Semplicemente non sappiamo come lo Spirito Santo possa influenzare le nostre vite e pertanto più naturalmente, invece di rivolgerci allo Spirito Santo, ci rivolgiamo a quelle persone della Trinità con cui abbiamo una maggiore familiarità.

 

Lo Spirito Santo, l’Artista Divino

Senza entrare profondamente nella teologia della Trinità, un modo estremamente semplice per avvicinarci allo Spirito Santo è quello di pregare l’antica Litania dello Spirito Santo. In aggiunta a darci vari titoli attribuiti allo Spirito Santo, come ad esempio, “Consolatore”, o “Santificatore, ci descrive anche le attività dello Spirito Santo. Lo Spirito Santo può essere invocato per “infiammarci con la fiamma del Tuo amore”, o “per illuminarci con le Tue ispirazioni divine.”

 

Durante questo mese dedicato allo Spirito Santo, preghiamo la Litania dello Spirito Santo e cerchiamo di conoscere qualcosa di più su questo dono che Dio ci ha dato per il nostro pellegrinaggio verso il Cielo.

 

    ♦A San Giuseppe

La Litania di San Giuseppe, una delle sei approvate dalla Chiesa per l’uso sia pubblico che privato, riassume le qualità che fecero di lui un elemento tanto importante della Santa Famiglia.

 

Nonostante non sia citato molto frequentemente nelle Sacre Scritture, questo “uomo giusto” (come è ricordato in Mt 1:19), un umile falegname, ha servito fedelmente Nostro Signore e la Beata Vergine Maria come “Padre adottivo” e “Custode casto”, come è comunemente chiamato.

 

Una volta Santa Teresa d’ Avila ha dato un suggerimento che è diventato famoso, dicendo che, nonostante possiamo interpellare come intercessori per le nostre varie necessità, molti santi, “dovremmo andare specialmente da San Giuseppe, perché possiede un gran potere di persuasione con Dio”. In realtà quando preghiamo questa Litania di San Giuseppe ci rechiamo dal santo patrono e “protettore” della Chiesa Universale!

 

 

 

 

 

 

   ♦Alla Passione di Gesù

The Litany to the Passion of Jesus draws together all the events of Jesus’ dying day.

The Litany  has been a very popular litany for over four hundred years. It appears in several forms in many popular prayer books over the course of the last four centuries. In Latin it appears in such works as the "Sacrae Litaniae Variae" by Francois DuBois, 1615; the "Paradisus Animae Christianae" by Jacob Merlo Horst, 1644; and the "Coeleste Palmetum" by Wilhelm Nakatenus. In English it appears in such prayer books as the "Golden Manual" and Fr Lasances's many prayer books that appeared at the start of the 20th century. More recently it has appeared in "Kyrie Eleison, Two Hundred Litanies", by Benjamin Francis Musser, 1945, and "A Prayerbook of Favorite Litanies", Fr. Albert Herbert, 1985.

The Litany has seen several forms over the years with various additions and deletions. Generally the oldest forms of the litany are the longest, with more modern forms tending to be considerably shortened. TAt one time there was an indulgence attached to the Litany by Pope Pius VII in 1820.

The Litany draws extensively from Scripture and is perhaps one of the most complete summaries of the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus that appears in prayer form.  For private use only.

 

 

 

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