Litanies a la Vierge Noire

Composer:  Francis Poulenc (1899-1963), 1936


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Seigneur, ayez pitié de nous.
Jésus-Christ, ayez pitié de nous.
Jésus-Christ, écoutez-nous.
Jésus-Christ exaucez-nous.
Dieu le père, créateur , ayez pitié de nous.
Dieu, le fils rédempteur, ayez pitié de nous.
Dieu le Saint-Esprit, sanctificateur,
ayez pitié de nous.
Trinité Sainte, qui êtes un seul Dieu,
ayez pitié de nous.

Sainte Vierge Marie, priez nous nous,
Vierge, reine et patronne, priez pour nous.
Vierge que Zachée le publicain nous a fait
connaître et aimer.
Vierge à qui Zachée ou saint Amadour éleva
ce sanctuaire,
priez pour nous.
Reine du sanctuaire que consacra saint Martial,
et où il célébra ses saints mystères,
Reine près de laquelle s'agenouilla Saint- Louis,
vous demandant le bonheur de la France,
priez pour nous.

Reine, à qui Roland consacra son épé,
priez pour nous.
Reine dont la bannière gagna les batailles,
priez pour nous.
Reine, dont la main délivrait les captifs,
priez pour nous.
Notre-Dame dont le pélerinage est enrichi
de faveurs spéciales.
Notre-Dame, que l'impiété et la haine ont voulu
souvent détruire.
Notre-Dame, que les peuples visitent
comme autrefois,
priez pour nous.

Agneau de Dieu qui effacez les péchés du monde,
Agneau de Dieu qui effacez les péchés du monde,
Agneau de Dieu qui effacez les péchés du monde,
ayez pitié de nous.

Notre-Dame priez pour nous.
Afin que nous soyons dignes de Jésus-Christ.

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Litanies à la Vierge Noire (1936)

Francis Poulenc (1899-1963) completed his Litanies in 1936, a pivotal time in his life and in the history of twentieth-century France. Following the traumatic death of a close friend, Poulenc made a pilgrimage to the Marian shrine of Roc-Amadour, a celebrated 12th century site that contains a wooden statue of the Black Madonna. Viewing the Madonna at Roc-Amadour is reputed to create miracles, and Poulenc himself was deeply moved by his experience there. He wrote the opening measures of Litanies in the Chapel of Our Lady of Roc-Amadour, and these notes marked a turning point in his compositional career as well as his return to the Catholic faith. Litanies, composed for three-part female chorus and organ, was the first of a steady stream of religious choral works which continued throughout the rest of his life. The piece consists of a series of litanies, or prayers, to Mary. The deeply personal nature of this work is apparent in the humble and angst-ridden pleas. At the climax of the piece, the singers implore Mary for help to save France. The anguish of the appeal was prophetic, given Frances fall to the Third Reich in May 1940.

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