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Anglican FAQ #16: Praying the Great Litany

The Anglican liturgical tradition gives us a most needed gift during this difficult time: The Great Litany. What is it and how do we use it? From our service bulletin for the First Sunday in Lent:

“This litany was the first piece of liturgy written by Archbishop Thomas Cranmer in 1544 based on the ancient litanies of the church. The Great Litany was included in the Prayer Book of 1549 and every successive Prayer Book and was meant to be sung responsively during a procession. Historically it was sung on the first, second, third, and fifth Sundays of Lent, but now is typically only sung on the first Sunday.”

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