ME letanie - OFr - LL(Ec) litania - Gr(Ec) litaneia - Gr litanos, pleading - litē , a request, Pleading, asking

A series of petitions for use in church services or processions, usually recited by the clergy and responded to in a recurring formula by the people.

A resonant or repetitive chant

A tedious recital or repetitive series. A usually lengthy recitation or enumeration. Any long or tedious speech or recital.

A sizable series or set a litany of problems - a litany of possible side effects.

Supplication & petitioning is a form of prayer, wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide something, either:- for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g., "Please spare my life") or on behalf of someone else (e.g., "Please spare my child's life").

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Adoration: The acknowledgment of God as God, Creator and Saviour, the Lord and Master of everything that exists. Through worship and prayer, the Church and individual persons give to God the adoration which is the first act of the virtue of religion. The first commandment of the law obliges us to adore God.

Ascesis: The practice of penance, mortification, and self-denial to promote greater self-mastery and to foster the way of perfection by embracing the way of the cross.

Calumny: A false statement which harms the reputation of others and gives occasion for false judgments concerning them.

Celebrant: The person who oversees any act of public worship. In a Eucharistic Liturgy or Mass, the celebrant is always an ordained priest.

Choir: A group of persons trained to lead in the singing at liturgical celebrations.

Cincture: to gird or surround; belt worn around ecclesiastical vestment. It is usually a cord with tassel of the liturgical colour of the day. It symbolizes chastity.

Cingulum: girdle or girdle-like structure; priest's belt.

Confession: An essential element of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation, which consists in telling one's sins to the priestly minister. By extension, the word confession is used to refer to the Sacrament of Penance itself.

Conscience: The interior voice of a human being, within whose heart the inner law of God is inscribed. Moral conscience is a judgment of practical reason about the moral quality of a human action. It moves a person at the appropriate moment to do good and to avoid evil. An examination of conscience is recommended as a preparation for the reception of the Sacrament of Penance.

Fall: Biblical revelation about the reality of sin in human history. The Biblical story begins with the original sin freely committed by the first human beings. This primeval event is narrated in figurative language in the Book of Genesis, which describes this sin as a "fall" from God's friendship and grace, which they had received from God not only for themselves but for the whole human race. In the "fall" of angels, Scripture and Church tradition see the emergence of Satan and the "devil"; the "fall" of these angelic spirits was due to their freely chosen rejection of God and His reign.

Grace: The free and undeserved gift of God's loving and active presence in the universe and in our lives.

Intercession: A form of prayer of petition on behalf of others. The prayer of intercession leads us to pray as Christ, our unique Intercessor, prayed.

Litany: A form of prayer in which the Priest recites a series of petitions to God, or calls on the help of Saints. These petitions are followed by a set response said or sung by the congregation.

Petition: Asking God for our needs in prayer.

Rash Judgment: An act of mind that, on the basis of insufficient evidence, attributes something morally discreditable to another or denies something morally creditable.

Responsory: set of responses sung or said after liturgical reading.

Sacrifice: A ritual offering made to God by a priest on behalf of the people, as a sign of adoration, gratitude, supplication, and communion. The perfect sacrifice was Christ's death on the cross; by this sacrifice, Christ accomplished our redemption as high priest of the new and eternal covenant. The sacrifice of Christ on the cross is commemorated and mysteriously made present in the Eucharistic sacrifice of the Church.

Sacrilege: Profanation of or irreverence toward persons, places, and things which are sacred, i.e., dedicated to God; sacrilege against the sacraments, especially the Eucharist, is a particularly grave offense against the first commandment.

Scandal: An attitude or behavior which leads another to do evil.

Shout: A thing of the gathered worshippers, whoops, stutters, short praise phrases and such, with raised arms and shaking hands in praise to God.

Shrive: to hear a confession from and give absolution.

Stylite: Monk who spends much time on tops of pillars.

Suicide: The willful taking of one's own life; a grievous sin against the fifth commandment. A human person is neither the author nor the supreme arbiter of his life, of which God is sovereign master.

Thurifer: Altar boy who bears censer.

Tremendum: Feeling of overwhelming awe associated with religious experience.

Verbal truth: The correspondence of the outward or verbal expression with the thing that it is intended to express (veritas locutionis).

Veracity: The correspondence of the outward expression given to thought with the thought itself.

Versicle: Short verse in church service normally followed by response.

Vice: A habit acquired by repeated sin in violation of the proper norms of human morality. The vices are often linked with the seven capital sins. Repentance for sin and confession may restore grace to a soul, but the removal of the ingrained disposition to sin or vice requires much effort and self-denial, until the contrary virtue is acquired.