The Prayers Of The People

Source: The Complete Library of Christian Worship, Robert E. Webber, General Editor

In contemporary worship renewal, the prayers of the people are said after the confession of faith. These prayers are known as the litany (Latin,"to entreat"). In many churches, this practice is replacing the more traditional pastoral prayer.

A litany is a prayer form in which a deacon, priest, cantor, or other worship minister says or sings a petition followed by a congregational response. Litanies were prepared in the early church, spreading from Antioch to Constantinople and throughout the...


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