One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A short repeated invocation (in Greek or in translation) used in many Christian liturgies, especially at the beginning of the Eucharist or as a response in a litany.
- ‘I came in during the Kyrie and played the end of it, and, when the priest had finished intoning the Gloria, I played a cadenza.’
- ‘We do the Gloria, the Sanctus, the Agnus Dei, and the Kyrie.’
- ‘We then had the Collect for Purity, after which the choir sang a musical setting of a ninefold Kyrie.’
- ‘Traditionally, the Kyrie is a prayer in which individuals ask God for mercy.’
- ‘They also played an excerpt from his Mass in C minor, with its haunting Kyrie.’
From Greek Kuriē eleēson ‘Lord, have mercy’.
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