Kyrie meaning

kîrē-ā
A short prayer or petition including the phrase kyrie, meaning "Lord, have mercy".
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(music): A setting of the traditional kyrie text to music for a Mass.
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A musical setting of this prayer.
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A brief responsive prayer used as the first item in the Ordinary of the Roman Catholic Mass or in any of various other Christian liturgies, traditionally beginning with the Greek words Kyrie eleison (“Lord, have mercy”).
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Origin of kyrie

  • Late Latin Kȳrie (eleison) from Greek Kūrie eleēson Lord, have mercy Kūrie vocative of kūrios lord, master keuə- in Indo-European roots eleēson aorist imperative of elein to show mercy (from eleos mercy)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Contraction of the Ancient Greek phrase Κύριε ἐλέησον (Kurie eleÄ“son, “Lord, have mercy"), from Ancient Greek Κύριε (Kurie), vocative form of Κύριος (Kurios, “Lord"), from κῦρος (kuros, “supremacy, authority"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱēw-, *ḱwā- (“to swell, spread out, be strong, prevail").

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