Definition of Kyrie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkirēˌā/
(also Kyrie eleison /iˈlā-iˌsän/ /-sən/)


A short repeated invocation (in Greek or in translation) used in many Christian liturgies, especially at the beginning of the Eucharist or as a response in a litany.
Example sentences
  • We then had the Collect for Purity, after which the choir sang a musical setting of a ninefold Kyrie.
  • Traditionally, the Kyrie is a prayer in which individuals ask God for mercy.
  • They also played an excerpt from his Mass in C minor, with its haunting Kyrie.


From Greek Kurie eleēson 'Lord, have mercy'.

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