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Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« on: March 31, 2010, 08:56:02 AM »
I find Catholic Litanies more beautiful than Orthodox Akathists and the like.
Maybe its because I'm used to it (I was born Catholic). When did this style of writing start? Is this style pre-schism?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litany_of_the_Saints

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Re: Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« Reply #1 on: March 31, 2010, 10:08:19 AM »
As a genre of public prayer, litanies have been around for at least 2,500 years. Probably more. In the Hellenistic period, they were standard forms in the mystery religions and in Judaism as well. In the early church, they were always "stational," meaning they were done as part of processions, especially during times of distress (e.g. earthquake, invasion, etc.). A cantor would call out a verse and the people would respond. There were several litanies like this in the East, and, according to tradition, one of the ones used today in the Roman Catholic church dates to about the 6th century or so.
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Re: Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« Reply #2 on: March 31, 2010, 11:53:00 AM »
Is this style pre-schism?

Yes, it is. Here are two Western Rite Orthodox liturgies blessed for use in the ROCOR.

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Re: Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« Reply #3 on: March 31, 2010, 11:58:08 AM »
Is this style pre-schism?

Yes, it is. Here are two Western Rite Orthodox liturgies blessed for use in the ROCOR.

Nice! :)

I wonder why the East does not use this style -- hmmm.. must be cultural.
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Re: Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2010, 06:24:35 PM »
This style goes even back to the Old Testament. For example, refer to Psalm 136(137) or the Canticle of the Three Children (David 3:56-88).
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Re: Beauty of Catholic Litanies
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2010, 11:45:17 PM »
Amazingly, someone managed to ruin this by making it into sentimental pop music:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2Zyj1PwSfM&feature=related