Skip to comments.Catholic Word of the Day: KYRIE ELEISON, 12-17-12
Posted on 12/17/2012 10:13:35 AM PST by Salvation
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The formula of a prayer, "Lord, have mercy," said or sung and repeated in the penitential rite at the beginning of Mass in the Roman Liturgy. Used in conjunction with Christe Eleison, "Christ, have mercy." One of the few Greek prayers in the Latin Mass, it is most likely the remnant of a liturgical litany. It is also said in the Divine Office and in many litanies, notably the Litany of the Saints. In the Eastern Churches it may appear without Christe Eleison.
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It’s used in the New Roman Missal. Right where we all used to say “Lord, Have Mercy”.
Only now instead we say “Kyrie Eleison”.
The result being at least half the people don’t participate because they don’t know how to pronounce it, and all of the younger people give funny stares and say “Huh? What does THAT mean?”
But the Cardinals and Powers in Rome who are far, far smarter than all the rest of us feel the American flock needs to be preached to in Greek apparently.
Our priest sings it and we echo. A good way to learn how to pronounce it.
At Benediction we also sing the hymns in Latin.