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  • noun A short prayer or petition including the phrase kyrie, meaning "Lord, have mercy".
  • noun music : A setting of the traditional kyrie text to music for a Mass.


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Contraction of the Ancient Greek phrase Κύριε ἐλέησον (Kyrie eleison, "Lord, have mercy")


  • They weren't sure, but they knew it would be called "Operation Vidal-kyrie" and would involve putting his hair somewhere near an open flame.

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  • I plagiarised a kyrie from the andante of Mahler's 6th for a mass many moons ago and the people loved it - will get my old keyboard out and send you the music...really easy to learn but it sounds like a kyrie should.

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  • Masses were quite a production then, clouds of incense, kyrie eleisons and mea culpas in Latin with a conglomeration of acolytes.

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  • 'If you really want to do me a favour, kyrie, you'll stop calling me matia mou.'

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  • 'Does it occur to you, kyrie, that I might not want to spend the afternoon with you?

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  • She said raggedly, 'I'm sure this chat-up line works with some people, but not with me, kyrie.

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  • 'You keep calling me that, kyrie,' Cressy said with a snap, angrily aware of an odd disappointment at his departure.

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  • 'I've no taste for meaningless compliments, kyrie.'

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  • Aloud, she said lightly, 'I'm the stranger within your gates, kyrie.

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  • She said, 'I'm afraid that you'll have to find another tutor, kyrie.

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  • From behind the iconostasis Father Mike entered. He was wearing a bright turquoise robe with a red heart embroidered on his back. He crossed the solea and came down among the parishioners. The smoke from his cener rose and curled, fragrant with antiquity. "Kyrie eleison," Father Mike sang. "Kyrie eleison." And though the words meant nothing to me, or almost nothing, I felt their weight, the deep groove they made in the air of time.

    —Jeffrey Eugenides, 2002, Middlesex, p. 357

    August 16, 2008

  • The Russian version is Го�?поди помилуй – Góspodi pomíluy.

    August 14, 2008

  • But these days only when that part is sung (rather than spoken). At least in my area.

    August 14, 2008

  • Also the Kyrie is the only part of the Catholic Mass that's in Greek.

    August 14, 2008

  • rolig, what a nice thought!

    August 14, 2008

  • Yes. Specifically, it is the first word – and hence the common name – of the Eastern Orthodox prayer, Kyrie, eleison, "Lord, have mercy," which in the Orthodox mystical Hesychast tradition was repeated with every breath until it became automatic. In this way, the pious sought to achieve a state of "praying without ceasing," as the Apostle Paul commanded.

    August 14, 2008

  • Greek for Lord?

    August 14, 2008