Definitions for kyrie eleisonˈkɪər iˌeɪ ɛˈleɪ əˌsɔn, -ˌsɒn, -sən
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Kyr•i•e e•le•i•sonˈkɪər iˌeɪ ɛˈleɪ əˌsɔn, -ˌsɒn, -sən(n.)
the brief petition or response beginning with the words “Lord, have mercy” used in various offices of the Greek Orthodox Church, Anglican Church, and Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of Kyrie eleison:
1300–50; ME kyrieleyson < ML, LL Kyrie eleīson < LGk Kýrie eléēson Lord, have mercy
greek words, meaning "Lord, have mercy upon us," used in the Mass, the breviary offices, the litany of the saints, etc
the name given to the response to the Commandments, in the service of the Church of England and of the Protestant Episcopal Church
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
means "Lord have mercy upon us," and with Christe Eleison, "Christ have mercy upon us," occurs in all Greek liturgies, in the Roman Mass, and in the English Prayer Book, where it forms the "lesser litany."
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