This month we will be starting our Youth Choir practices in the Sunday School rotation. The rotation will go as follows:
October 1, 29: K-3rd Grade
October 8: 4-5th Grade
October 15: 6–7th Grade
October 22: 8-12th Grade
Κύριε Ελέησον – “Lord have mercy”
We hear this prayer multiple times throughout the Divine Liturgy and many other services, but why? As the shortest prayer we can say, we have seen it in various places throughout the Bible, including its use in the Parable of the Publican and the Pharisee. It is from these three short words, where we can see the development into the Jesus Prayer as well as others.
But why do we use it in the Divine Liturgy? Consider what we are asking for by saying “Lord Have Mercy.” In the Great Litany (at the beginning of the Liturgy), we are asking for peace and the needs of the church and community: deliverance, salvation, protection, aid, among others. By saying “Lord Have Mercy” we are asking God to grant compassion to us for everything that we need in order to grow closer to Him. Therefore, when we sing just a small Κύριε Ελέησον, we need to do it respectfully and with fervor as we do with our other prayers.