A LITANY FOR THE CHURCH AND FOR THE WORLD Discipleship See musical and other suggestions regarding litanies Let us pray for the Church and for the world Grant, almighty God, that all who confess your name may be united in your truth, Litany Definition of Litany by Merriam Webster Litany refers literally to a type of prayer in which a series of lines are spoken alternately by a leader and a congregation This use dates to the th century Between that century and the th, three figurative senses developed The chant like quality of a literal litany led first to a repetitive chant sense. Litany for the Church in Our Time A Most Efficacious Prayer THE LITANY FOR THE CHURCH IN OUR TIME L ord, have mercy Christ, have mercy Lord, have mercy on us Christ, Divine Founder of the Church, hear us Christ, Who didst warn of false prophets, graciously hear us God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us God, the Son, Redeemer of the World, have mercy on us God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us. Litany for the Faithful Departed The Missionary Sisters Lord, have mercy on us Christ, have mercy on us Lord, have mercy on us Christ, hear us Christ, graciously hear us God, the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on the souls of the faithful departed. Litany Litany, in Christian worship and some forms of Judaic worship, is a form of prayer used in services and processions, and consisting of a number of petitions The word comes through Latin litania from Ancient Greek litanea , which in turn comes from lit , meaning supplication. Litany Define Litany at Dictionary c from Old French letanie and directly from Medieval Latin letania, Late Latin litania cf Spanish letania, Italian litania , from Greek litaneia litany, an entreating, from lite prayer, supplication, entreaty, of unknown origin From notion of monotonous enumeration of petitions in Christian prayer services came generalized sense of repeated series, early c borrowed from French.