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What is a Litany: Chants Led by Priestess

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Written by: Dawn Black (Witchipedia)


Reviewed by: Tina Caro

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.

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I am a homesteading hearth witch who grew up along the shores of the Hudson River and has lived among the Great Lakes for the past 20 years. Together with my musical husband and youngest child, I steward a one-acre mini homestead with herb, vegetable and flower gardens, chickens, ducks, geese and rabbits, and areas reserved for native plants and wildlife. 

I have three children; two are grown, and I have been practicing magick alone and with family and friends for over 30 years.

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