The Litany Project

The paper edition of A Litany for the Many Dead can be bought on Amazon US, Amazon UK, and some European Amazon sites.

The ebook of A Litany for the Many Dead can be bought on Amazon and SmashWords.

A Procession for the Many Dead is a virtual ritual based on the Litany, which is now available to play as a Twine game.

The amazing SJ Tucker has offered to record an audiobook and release it for free. At some point, when her busy schedule allows!

In this space, I will be adding new verses, written by (I hope) others and by myself; accounts of people's use of the Litany in ritual and memorial.

It is my hope that people who submit verses will be willing to not only give permission for them to be posted to this website, but to release them under a Creative Commons - Attribution, Non-Commercial license. This will allow me to eventually, when there are enough verses, to release a companion volume containing these verses, with all proceeds to go to charity.


New verses by others:

We pray to the Autistic Dead
You who found great wonder in unusual things
You who saw patterns where others saw none
May you find acceptance at last
We pray to the Autistic Dead
-Alexeigynaix (CC-BY NC)

We pray for the childless dead
You who left no issue of blood to honor your names,
by your own choice or that of the gods.
May you be remembered by all humanity.
We pray for the childless dead.
-Terence P Ward (CC-BY NC)

We pray for the Missing Dead
Who were lost and never found
Leaving families grieving with no answer
In an unmarked resting place
We pray for the Missing Dead
-Kyle McKenzie

We pray to the Poetic Dead
You whose art spoke your truth
You whose art changed your world
May your work speak to us
We pray to the Poetic Dead
-Alexeigynaix (CC-BY NC)

We pray to the Polytheist Dead
You who lived long ago
When all the world knew of many Divinities
May our traditions rise as strong as yours
We pray to the Polytheist Dead

We pray to the Polytheist Dead
You of the immediate past
Who were mocked and reviled for your religions
May our traditions rise strong in your memory
We pray to the Polytheist Dead
-Alexeigynaix (CC-BY NC)

New Verses by Rebecca Lynn Scott:

Because they contain even more than usually distressing content, particularly for trans people, the verses for the Trans Rite of Ancestor Elevation and Day of Remembrance are on a separate page.

We pray to the Singing Dead
Your voices rung out clear and strong
Or soft and quiet, for some ears only
May your song still fill our hearts
We pray to the Singing Dead

We pray to the Playing Dead
You made music for the world to dance to,
To weep to, to laugh to, to live to
May your music still bear us up
We pray to the Playing Dead

We pray to the Drumming Dead
Your beats rolled on unending
Supporting the heartbeat of the world
May your drumming still fill our bones
We pray to the Drumming Dead

[As with the rest of A Litany to the Many Dead, the verses written by Rebecca Lynn Scott are released under a Creative Commons Attribution - Non-Commercial license. You can use them, adapt them, remix them, just don’t use them in anything you charge money for, and DO attribute them to Rebecca Lynn Scott. Other verses belong to the authors, and you must seek their permission. If I can, I'll put you in touch.]