- (italics) the brief petition “Lord, have mercy,” used in various offices of the Greek Orthodox Church and of the Roman Catholic Church.
- the brief response or petition in services in the Anglican Church, beginning with the words, “Lord, have mercy upon us.”
- Also called Kyr·i·e. a musical setting of either of these.
Origin of Kyrie eleison
Examples from the Web for kyrie
Thus his Kyrie is not the mere opening of a stately pageant.Sebastian Bach
Reginald Lane Poole
The Kyrie is long and elaborate, without any sustained subject.
The solo voices and choruses generally alternate in the Kyrie.
The Kyrie is preceded by the Introitus, beginning with a prayer for the departed.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 3 (of 3)
I would you could see his face, Kyrie, it is that of Judas Iscariot.The Bible in Spain
- a formal invocation used in the liturgies of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Anglican Churches
- a musical setting of this
Word Origin and History for kyrie
early 13c., Greek liturgical formula, adopted untranslated into the Latin mass, literally "lord have mercy" (Ps. cxxii:3, Matt. xv:22, xvii:15, etc.). From kyrie, vocative of kyrios "lord, master" (see church) + eleeson, aorist imperative of eleo "I have pity on, show mercy to," from eleos "pity, mercy" (see alms).