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Pope adds three new invocations to the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Pope Francis has approved the inclusion of three additional invocations in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Litany of Loreto.

In a June 20 letter to the presidents of bishops’ conferences, the day the Church celebrates the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Liturgy and the Discipline of the Sacraments, said the new invocations should be inserted in the Marian litany.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also known as the Litany of Loreto, has been an approved prayer for the intercession of Mary by the Church since the late 16th century, with its usage recorded even prior.

The litany can be prayed in Latin or the vernacular. 

The three new invocations are:

  1.  “Mater misericordiae,” which means, “Mother of Mercy,” should be placed after “Mater Ecclesiae” (Mother of the Church)
  1. Mater spei,” which means “Mother of Hope,” should follow “Mater divinae gratiae” (Mother of Divine Grace).
  2. Solacium migrantium,” which means “Comfort of Migrants,” should follow “Refugium peccatorum” (Refuge of Sinners).


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