03/18/2022 – Our lady of Loretto
Many people complete the rosary with the beautiful litany to the Blessed Virgin, The Litany of Loreto.
Today is the anniversary of the shrine of Our Lady of Loreto in the Cathedral by the same name.
The litany was composed as a votive offering at this shrine by “a celebrated Florentine composer, of the early years of the eighteenth century,” in thanksgiving for a miracle granted him by Our Lady.”
This composer, whose name was Barroni, all at once lost his hearing, like Beethoven; after having exhausted the succor of art without success, he invoked that of Mary, and set out on a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Loreto.
There he was cured, after praying with faith, and in his gratitude to the Holy Madonna, he composed, by inspiration, in her praise, a chorus, which, under the title of Litanie della Santa Casa, was performed for the first time on the 15th of August, 1737.”