You are invited to join in a special, annual prayer event at STM on March 1 and 11.
“The Great Litany” was an early milestone in the Reformation of the English Church in the 16th century. It was the first liturgical text Archbishop Cranmer prepared in English and put into use in 1544 – five years before the first full Anglican prayerbook was authorized in 1549. Many Episcopal Churches use this litany as an extended version of the “prayers of the people” at Sunday Eucharist during Lent. At STM, we’ve used the litany as the core of a Morning Prayer during Lent for many years.
It’s an ecumenical prayer: it comes out of the Anglican tradition, although based on earlier Roman Catholic sources; at STM we use a wonderful contemporary English version from the Presbyterian Book of Common Worship.
I value it especially because at STM we pray the Litany in procession around the Chapel of St. Ignatius, praying not only with our voices and hearts, but with our feet and eyes and ears (not all parts of the chapel have the same acoustical properties!).
I will be officiating at Morning Prayer using The Great Litany on Tuesday, March 1 and Friday, March 11 from 8:30 to 8:50 am in the Chapel of St. Ignatius. Please join in this Lenten prayer.
Mark Lloyd Taylor, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Worship