Sunday, 12 February 2017

Kyrie Eleison


Originally, the Mass in Eastern Europe, where it started, was celebrated in Greek.

With time, as Christianity spread further West into Europe it was celebrated in Latin.

And as time moved on, it is now celebrated in English, or whichever language is spoken in the Country where Mass is celebrated.

Except for three words which have survived time and are still from the original Greek Mass.

Kyrie Eleison
Christe Eleison

Meaning "Lord have mercy" and "Christ have mercy".

It is important to remember that by "Lord", or "Sir" we do not mean that we look up to Our Lord as some Master or Ruler. In this context, the word "Kyrie" means "Lord" in the sense of a child looking up to one's loving parent and asking for help, love, guidance and protection.

So when we sing at Mass "Kyrie Eleison" we look up to God our loving Father and ask Him to be always by our side and have mercy on us. And we call upon Christ His Son, in the same prayer.


10 comments:

  1. Mass in the US we use Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy. We don't say Kyrie Eleison, Christe Eleison. Is that what they do in Briton?

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    1. Yes and no. In some Masses we say it in English and in others (e.g. Easter/Christmas) it is in Greek. Yesterday, it was in English.

      God bless you, Manny.

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    2. Very interesting. Over here during Lent and Advent we do both the Holy, Holy, Holy and Lamb of God in Latin but we always do the Lord Have Mercy in English.

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    3. I suppose it is different traditions in different churches. Sometimes we sing the Gloria in Latin. There's a Polish church nearby that does the whole Mass in Latin.

      Dominus Vobiscum and/or God bless you.

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    1. God bless you and your family, Cheryl. I hope you are all well.

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  3. Interesting, thank you for sharing, Victor!
    Blessings!

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  4. 'Lord, have mercy, Christ, have mercy' is a prayer I pray often. Very often.

    And my daughter has a friend who named her daughter Kyrie Eleison. Beautiful.

    Amen.

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    1. It is a wonderful prayer, Linda.

      God bless you and yours.

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