LITANY OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Litany of Loreto
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This litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary was composed during the
Middle Ages. The place of honor it now holds in the life of the Church is due
to its faithful use at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto. It was definitely approved by
Sixtus V in 1587, and all other Marian litanies were suppressed, at least for public use. Its
titles and invocations set before us Mary's exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability
and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty.
The principle that has been followed in their interpretation is the one
enunciated by the same Pius IX: "God enriched her so wonderfully from the treasury of His
divinity, far beyond all angels and saints with the abundance of all heavenly gifts, that she .
. .should show forth such fullness of innocence and holiness, than which a greater under God is
unthinkable and which, beside God, no one can even conceive in thought." Hence, whatever virtue and holiness is found in angels
and saints must be present in Mary in an immeasurably higher degree.
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