Lesson 11: Kyrie Eleison

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Kyrie Eleison is Greek for “Lord, have mercy.”

Hi, this is Fr. Rocky, with our Eleventh Lenten Lesson on the Mass.

Boys singing

After we confess our sins at the start of Mass, we then beg God for mercy.

The opening scene of the 1963 film “Lord of the Flies” shows British prep school boys in uniform marching in formation on the beach of a South Pacific island as they cheerfully sing their upbeat version of “Kyrie eleison!” By the end of the movie they are behaving like savages: no uniforms, no marching in formation, no singing, for their teachers had been killed in the plane crash and only the boys survived. The movie is a metaphor of the effects of original sin, and what the human race would be like without our Divine Savior.

When we honestly come to grips with the reality of our situation – fallen human nature as a result of original sin –  how can we fail to cry out, “Lord, have mercy!”

P.S. In the Kyrie Eleison we ask the Lord for His mercy. Find out other moments when you can experience mercy at Mass.

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