Monday January 9, 2017

Litany of Loreto in Images

By Fr. Johann Roten, S.M.

Tower of Ivory and Seat of Wisdom?

Who could possibly go by names like these? And how can one be both tower and seat? Where do we find these strange and challenging symbols? They are part of a very old and famous prayer to Our Lady—the Litany of Loreto. In this prayer Mary has not only two but 44 different names. Each of these names is a prayer and each prayer was made into an image, an engraving, using symbols of the Old Testament, of classical culture, and the history of spirituality. All of the engravings originated in one of our rare books in the Marian Library. We would like to share the engravings with you and so made them into an exhibit which can be admired and meditated on in the Marian Library Gallery from January 24 through March 10.

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