Dear friends :),
I’d like to ask just how the various litanies of the Church should be used. Obviously the Litany of the Saints has its most famous applications during the sacrament of Holy Orders and during the Easter Vigil. I assume the Litanies of the Holy Name and of the Sacred Heart are prayed liturgically on their respective feasts. Does the Litany of Humility have a proper place or ceremony in the Church?
Can a group of the laity come together inside a parish church (with the support of the pastor) and pray the litanies, verse-response style, at set times during the months or year? Is there some special blessing or requirement to use these beautiful prayers? Some of us in my diocese are thinking of doing this once a month for the Holy Name and Sacred Heart of Jesus, and perhaps adding the Humility.
Most importantly: does a priest have to lead these prayers?