27 January 2009

Neglected Rubrics, Litany

"4. The Litany may replace the prayers in the Daily Office (Matins, Vespers, Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer) or the General Prayer in the Divine Service. It may also serve as an entrance rite in the Divine Service, replacing the Introit, Kyrie, and Hymn of Praise." Lutheran Service Book Altar Book, p. 410

If combined with rubric 6, that it is especially appropriate for penitential times, whether seasons (Advent and Lent) or days (Wednesday, Fridays, Days of Repentance and Prayer), it would seem to lend itself to the possibility of using the Litany in the Passion Vespers of Lent and the Prayer of the Church during at least some of the Sundays of Lent. A good time to teach the singing of this prayer - rather easy and hauntingly beautiful.


Neil W. said...

Indeed...I love the Litany. It is sad that most Lutherans have never even heard of the Litany.

William Weedon said...


Yes, it is surely one of the most neglected treasures of our heritage. And I fully intend on my congregation working at reclaiming it. We already pray it sometimes at elders' meetings and such.