Origin of Kyrie eleison
Examples from the Web for kyrie
Maria Nuova, and the "Kyrie Eleison" was chaunted a hundred times.Walks in Rome|Augustus J.C. Hare
The Kyrie was coldly given, the alto and bass, in the soli parts, being hardly strung up to tune.
I would you could see his face, Kyrie, it is that of Judas Iscariot.The Bible in Spain|George Borrow
The Kyrie and Gloria, known among the Lutheran musicians as the “short mass,” were frequently employed.Music in the History of the Western Church|Edward Dickinson
The solo voices and choruses generally alternate in the Kyrie.Life Of Mozart, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Otto Jahn
Word Origin for Kyrie eleison
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).