What Are Dedication Litanies?

What Are Dedication Litanies?

Dedication litanies occur in Christian churches during dedication services that place objects in the service of God. Common dedication services that may include a litany include the opening of a new church building or church furniture, such as an altar.

Other objects that may receive a dedication service include church bells, chalices and various objects used by bishops or priests during religious ceremonies.

During a litany, the congregation responds to prompts from the person leading the service either by repeating part of the service leader's dialog or by repeating a single phrase. For a dedication service, a single line often takes a form similar to "we dedicate this building."