Why do we sing the Kyrie?



Lord, have mercy!

We sing the Kyrie, short for Kyrie Eleison, or Lord have mercy, to ask the Lord God to have mercy upon us and all the people of this world, including those who are sick and have special needs, that the Lord would grant us His salvation, His help and His protection.
Like the woman of Canaan, we cry out: “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David!” Matthew 15:22

Or, like the father of the epileptic son, we say: “Lord, have mercy on my son.” Matthew 17:15

“Two blind men sitting by the road, when they heard that Jesus was passing by, cried out, saying, ‘Have mercy on us, O Lord, Son of David!‘” Matthew 20:30

The people of Israel, in their Old Testament worship, also cried out: “Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us!” Psalm 123:3

And so, we pray that the Lord Jesus would look upon us and all the people of this sinful world and have mercy upon us — that He would grant us His salvation, that He would heal the sick and suffering and grant His help and protection upon us and all believers in this world.

“Lord have mercy upon us, Christ have mercy upon us, Lord have mercy upon us.”

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.