From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

From the Bench: 'Where is that Kyrie from, and why does it sound familiar?'

Each line of text is repeated three times, which is slightly different than the call and response format we have become used to in the modern Church. This ancient practice stems from the regard of the number 3 as a sacred number. Because there are three line of text, and each is repeated three times, this nine-fold plea for mercy is intended to bend the ear of the Divine. I have chosen to re-introduce this practice in Lent to emphasize the penitent nature of the season…

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