On Marian Invocations in the Polish Version of {Loreto Litany} and on Contemporary Difficulties with Their Understanding Cover Image
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O wezwaniach maryjnych w polskiej wersji {Litanii Loretańskiej} i współczesnych trudnościach z ich rozumieniem
On Marian Invocations in the Polish Version of {Loreto Litany} and on Contemporary Difficulties with Their Understanding

Author(s): Dorota Zdunkiewicz-Jedynak
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Wydział Polonistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: litania; metafora; modlitwa; litany; metaphor; prayer

Summary/Abstract: Contemporary Poles have difficulties to understand Loreto Litany. The aim of this paper is to indicate most problematic parts of the prayer and the root cause of the misunderstanding. Loreto Litany was written in the spiritual atmosphere of the Middle Ages. The Christian Medieval Monasticism influenced the comprehension of the surrounding world, imagination of people and illustration of religious terminology. Metaphors in the Bible, in texts of the Fathers of the Church or mystics as well as Eucharistic formulas are enigmatic for contemporary people even for those who are religious. Some of the invocations are incomprehensible due to purely linguistic reason that is not related to cultural changes. Over the ages many words have changed their initial meaning.

  • Issue Year: 2009
  • Issue No: 56
  • Page Range: 379-388
  • Page Count: 10
  • Language: Polish