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Kyrie eleison (kĬr´ēā´ əlā´ēsŏn´, –sən) [Gr.,=Lord, have mercy], in the Roman Catholic Church, prayer of the Mass coming after the introit, the only ordinary part of the traditional liturgy said not in Latin but in Greek. It has nine lines: "Lord have mercy (thrice), Christ have mercy (thrice), Lord have mercy (thrice)." As the first invariable hymn, the Kyrie is often the first piece in a musical Mass. An English version is used in the Anglican liturgy and in the reformed Roman Catholic vernacular liturgy. The phrase Kyrie eleison used by itself is, of course, common in the Eastern rites, but without the phrase Christe eleison. The corresponding prayer in the Russian Orthodox church is often called a Kyrie.

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Kyrie (Gr.). Lord. The section of the Ordinary of the Mass which follows the Introit. Has 3 parts, Kyrie eleison, Christe eleison, Kyrie eleison, thrice repeated (‘Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy’). In medieval times, the Kyrie was set as an independent movt., but after Du Fay it was incorporated as the 1st movt. of a series.

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Kyrie

Kyrie 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. The word comes from Greek Kuriē eleēson ‘Lord, have mercy’.

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Kyrie (Gk., Kyrie eleēson, ‘Lord, have mercy’). A brief prayer used in Christian liturgical worship. The Gk. words were kept untranslated in the Latin mass and often remain thus in English-language services.

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kyrie XVI; short for kyrie eleison XIV. — medL., repr. of Gr. Kūrie eléēson Lord, have mercy.

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