The Great Litany

Henry VIII

OK, this is probably not going to be my most riveting post, but in case anyone out there needs music for The Great Litany according to the Book of Alternative Services of the Anglican Church of Canada (1985), here it is as a PDF:  The Great Litany BAS 1985

It’s been road-tested – we used it at St. Matthias, Victoria on the Third Sunday in Lent 2016. Mind you, I don’t give the music for the cantor’s part because any decent Anglican litanist already knows it (failing that, adapt the music from The Canadian Psalter (Toronto: Anglican Church of Canada, 1963), pp. 247-254).

The Great Litany was the first liturgical piece authorized by the Church of England to be said or sung in English, in 1544. Henry VIII was notoriously conservative about his liturgy, so the other well know Tudor English liturgies of the Book of Common Prayers (1549, 1552, 1559, 1604, 1662) had to wait until he was dead and his successors permitted true reformation. The version here is in contemporary English and adapted for use in Canada, and reflecting modern concerns.

About Bruce Bryant-Scott

Canadian. Husband. Father. Christian. Recovering Settler. A priest of the Church of England, Diocese in Europe, on the island of Crete in Greece. More about me at
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