Definition of Kyrie in English:

Kyrie

Syllabification: Kyr·i·e
Pronunciation: /ˈki(ə)rēˌā
 
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(also Kyrie eleison /iˈlā-iˌsän, -sən/)

noun

  • 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.
    More 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.

Origin

from Greek Kurie eleēson 'Lord, have mercy'.

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