Kyrie eleison (Bridget setting)


This penitential response was written by John Bell and incorporates call and echo learning to encourage community participation. 

The assembly sings each phrase after the leader, except for the third phrase where the group overlaps the leader's last note. If possible, practice the response before worship and encourage the community to trust your gestures, even if they feel as if they're 'interrupting.'

The piece can be sung a cappella or accompanied by a drone instrument (a shruti box or a soft unison or open fifth on the organ) to support the community's voice. John Bell suggest quiet keyboard accompaniment or a choir singing the notated harmonies.

Kyrie eleison.
Christe eleison.
Kyrie eleison.

English Translation:
Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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