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Kyrie eleison

[ Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church keer-ee-ey e-ley-uh-sawn, -son, -suhn; Greek Orthodox Church kee-ree-e e-le-ee-sawn ]
/ Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church ˈkɪər iˌeɪ ɛˈleɪ əˌsɔn, -ˌsɒn, -sən; Greek Orthodox Church ˈki ri ɛ ɛˈlɛ i sɔn /
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noun

(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.

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Origin of Kyrie eleison

1300–50; Middle English kyrieleyson<Medieval Latin, Late Latin Kyrie eleīson<Late Greek Kýrie eléēson Lord, have mercy
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British Dictionary definitions for Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison
/ (ˈkɪrɪɪ əˈleɪsən) /

noun

a formal invocation used in the liturgies of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Anglican Churches
a musical setting of this
Often shortened to: Kyrie
C14: via Late Latin from Late Greek kurie, eleēson Lord, have mercy
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