The Crown of Twelve Stars Litany

I found this interesting litany. I can find very little about the origin of this short litany, other than that it probably arose in the seventeenth or eighteenth century during a time when special attention was payed to Mary as Queen of the World. The number 12 is lifted from the Scriptural description of Mary wearing a crown of 12 stars in the book of Revelation. Each of the “stars” in this litany focus on one of Mary’s God-given perfections. Over the evolution of this devotion, the stars would become the objects of readings, meditations and musical components, and the litany was used in parishes, but eventually lead to elaborate celebrations in monasteries.

I had never heard of this devotion until I was preparing for today’s post. Perhaps it could be revitalized in parishes here in America.

Let us offer praise and thanksgiving to the Most Holy Trinity, Who hath shown us the Virgin Mary, clothed with the sun, the moon between her feet, and on her head a mystic crown of twelve stars.
R. For ever and ever. Amen.
Let us praise and thank the Divine Father, Who elected her for His daughter.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.
Praised be the Divine Father, Who predestined her to be the Mother of His Divine Son.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Father, Who preserved her from all stain in her conception.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Father, Who adorned her at birth with His most excellent gifts.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Father, Who gave her Saint Joseph to be her companion and most pure spouse.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary and a Glory Be.
Let us praise and thank the Divine Son, Who chose her for His mother.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.
Praised be the Divine Son, Who became incarnate in her bosom and there abode for nine months.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Son, Who was born of her and was nourished at her breast.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Son, Who in His childhood willed to be taught by her.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Divine Son, Who revealed to her the mystery of the Redemption of the world.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary and a Glory Be.
Let us praise and thank the Holy Spirit, Who took her for His spouse.
R. Amen. Say an Our Father.
Praised be the Holy Spirit, Who, revealed first to her His Name of Holy Spirit.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose operation she was at once Virgin and Mother.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whose power she was the living-temple of the ever-blessed Trinity.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary.
Praised be the Holy Spirit, by Whom she was exalted in Heaven above every living creature.
R. Amen. Say a Hail Mary and a Glory Be.

The text for this litany is used from catholictradition.org

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