from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A brief petition and response used in various liturgies of several Christian churches, beginning with or composed of the words "Lord, have mercy.”
- n. A brief petition and response that together comprise the first item of the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass.
- n. A musical setting of either of these sets of petition and response.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See Kyrie eleison.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The Kyrie eleϊson, especially in its western form (with Christe eleϊson), and the repetitions collectively, as used at the beginning of the Roman mass or as at the beginning of the Anglican conimunion office.
- n. The musical setting of these words.
There being no Introit, when the Kyrie is done, the priest intones the Gloria in excelsis, which is then sung with the same rite as on Holy Thursday; all the bells of the Church are rung for the beginning of the celebration of Easter.
Kyrie, which was as I left it, save that the word Kyrie was written over it in the strange handwriting.
They’re called “Kyrie” in Heroscape, but they’ve got wings, so I call them angels anyways, even with all the Christian baggage—another win, I think, because the term Kyrie gets rid of religious weirdness with Unfortunate Implications.
Ok, here we go: Giovanni Gabrieli's Sacrae Symphoniae, namely the Kyrie, from 1597.
The West Pier movement started life as a Kyrie, which is the first part of a choral mass - I'd planned to put it forward for a choir I sang in but was too shy to let people know I'd written something, so never did.
Girolamo illuminated at Candiana a sheet with a Kyrie, which is an exquisite work, and for the same monks the first leaf of a psalter for the choir; with many things for S. Maria in Organo and for the Friars of
We sang the 9-fold Kyrie, which is particularly appropriate in Lent, and the Memorial Acclamation and Amen were simple and beautiful.
An hour later, a priest administered last rites and baptized Kyrie as well as my sister and I.
The Night Face is an odd variation on the Lost Beloved motif Anderson has so poignantly developed in World Without Stars, "Kyrie," "Goat Song," and other works.
This question, among others, forms the basis of Ellen Bryant Voigt's cycle of poems, "Kyrie" (1995) -- part of her 2007 poetry compilation "Messenger" -- that gives voice to American victims of the Spanish flu.