Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Litany of Loreto
This Litany to the Blessed Virgin Mary was composed during the Middle Ages. For centuries the faithful have prayed this Litany at the shrine of the Holy House at Loreto. It was definitively approved by Pope Sixtus V in 1587. Since then, several Popes have added titles to the Litany, as only they may do.
The Litany's titles and invocations set before us Mary's exalted privileges, her holiness of life, her amiability and power, her motherly spirit and queenly majesty. The principle that has been followed in their interpretation is the one enunciated by Blessed Pius IX:
"God enriched her so wonderfully from the treasury of His divinity, far beyond all angels and saints with the abundance of all heavenly gifts, that she...should show forth such fullness of innocence and holiness, than which a greater under God is unthinkable and which, beside God, no one can even conceive in thought."