Kyrie eleison

Kyrie eleison

[Roman Catholic Church, Anglican Church keer-ee-ey e-ley-uh-sawn, -son, -suhn; Greek Orthodox Church kee-ree-e e-le-ee-sawn]
noun
1.
(italics) the brief petition “Lord, have mercy,” used in various offices of the Greek Orthodox Church and of the Roman Catholic Church.
2.
the brief response or petition in services in the Anglican Church, beginning with the words, “Lord, have mercy upon us.”
3.
Also called Kyrie. a musical setting of either of these.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English kyrieleyson < Medieval Latin, Late Latin Kyrie eleīson < Late Greek Kýrie eléēson Lord, have mercy

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Kyrie eleison (ˈkɪrɪɪ əˈleɪsən)
 
n
1.  a formal invocation used in the liturgies of the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Anglican Churches
2.  a musical setting of this
 
[C14: via Late Latin from Late Greek kurie, eleēson Lord, have mercy]

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kyrie eleison
early 13c., Gk. liturgical formula, adopted untranslated into Latin Mass, lit. "lord have mercy" (Ps. cxxii.3, Matt. xv.22, xvii.15, etc.). From kyrie, vocative of kyrios "lord, master" (see church) + eleeson, aorist imperative of eleo "I have pity on, show mercy to," from
eleos "pity, mercy" (see alms).
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