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Kyrie Eleison

Lord, have mercy.

I grew up with this phrase. We sung it every Sunday. Only now am I coming to realize all that is encompassed in these three words.

This phrase is sung around the world. It is sung in all music genres. It is sung in all branches of Christianity. It is sung in homes, in concert halls, and in cathedrals. It is sung a cappella and it is sung with full orchestra. It is sung solo and it is sung with a full choir. It is sung as worship and as celebration. It is sung solemn and it is sung with great joy. It sung hauntingly and gloriously. It is sung as a prayer and as a praise. It is sung with head bowed and it is sung with arms raised high.

It is man’s hope. It is man’s only hope. It is man’s celebration.

Scroll down for some of the ways this phrase is sung around the world.

Concert – Italy
Sung by Antonella Ruggiero – Italy
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Gospodi Pomilui! – Lord Have Mercy!
Russian Orthodox chant
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Composed by Father Guido Haazen – Belgium, Congo
Sung by Les Troubadours du Roi Baudouin – Congo
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Winner of 2005 Composition Contest, American Choral Directors Association
Composed by Kentaro Sato – Japan
Sung by Northridge Singers – United States
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80’s Classic Rock
By the band Mr. Mister – United States
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A traditional chant – in Arabic
Sung by Fadia Tomb El-Hage with Ensemble Sarband – Lebanon
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Not sure who this is
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Byzantine chant
Sung by Divna Ljubojevic – Serbia
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Celtic
From the Mass Liturgy
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Hindi – India
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Sung by Comunidade Shalom, Brazil
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Music mix – penitential Gregorian chant with a hip hop beat.
Video – symbolic of the sinner’s road to Hell and the ending symbolizes Christ’s merciful redemption through the sinner’s repentance.
Beat from Gang Starr’s “Take it Personal”
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Composed by Margaret Rizza
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Sung by Brad Preddy
Video clips from “The Passion of The Christ”
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Music by W.A. Mozart
Performed by The Symphony Orchestra Camerata XXI – Spain
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