Litany of Loreto in Images
Jan. 24 – March 10, 2017
Mary's profile is that of the exalted Mother, Virgin, and Queen, as suits the period
"Litany" (from the Greek Litaneia) is a series of short petitions and exhortations sung or said by the deacon or priest, and to which the people respond by the Kyrie eleison: Grant this, Lord: to Thee, Lord. The only approved Marian litany is that of Loreto. The Litanies of Loreto, so called because of their use in the sanctuary of Loreto since at least as far back as 1531, were officially approved in 1587 by Pope Sixtus V. Its origin is believed to be a medieval rimed litany influenced by Eastern Marian devotion, in particular by the famous Hymnos Akathistos.
The Marian Library has in its possession rare books of the eighteenth century with engravings by the renowned Augsburg artist, Joseph Sebastian Klauber (ca. 1700–1768). The highly symbolic and illustrative reproductions are typical of the Baroque period. Their message is of great spiritual richness. Mary's profile is that of the exalted Mother, Virgin, and Queen, as suits the period.
The Klauber engravings in this exhibit were previously scanned and framed by Mary Popp of the Society for the Preservation of Roman Catholic Heritage (SPORCH) in Dayton, Ohio.
Learn more about the Litany of Loreto and the Klauber illustrations.