Glossary of Magical Terms

What is a Litany: Chants Led by Priestess

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By Morningbird

Within a spiritual context, a litany is a long, repetitious series of prayers, invocations, and supplications often led by a priest/ess with responses from the group. These are often rhythmic and chant-like.

In common speech, the word litany often refers to a list or a series on a theme. As in “a litany of complaints”.

Litany of the Dead

A common use of the word litany in Pagan spirituality is the Litany of the Dead. This is a list of names of those who have died read by a ceremonial leader with or without a response from the group. It is a common Samhain practice to read a Litany of those who died the year before or the beloved dead of those present, or a combination of both.

Written by Morningbird & Witchipedia Team

I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years. As a founder and lead writer on Witchipedia, I’ve been publishing articles since 2006.

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