Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The Kyrie.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Greek words, meaning “Lord, have mercy upon us,” used in the Mass, the breviary offices, the litany of the saints, etc.
  • n. The name given to the response to the Commandments, in the service of the Church of England and of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Literally, Lord, have mercy! a brief petition, founded on nearly identical Scriptural phrases (for example, Ps. cxxiii. 3, Mat. xx. 30), used as a response in the primitive liturgies and in the eucharistic and other offices of Oriental churches to the present day.
  • n. The first movement or division in a musical setting of a Roman Catholic mass or the Anglican communion office, the text being the petitions above mentioned.

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Late Latin Kȳrie eleison; see Kyrie.

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