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Kyrie eleison

A visual symbol that can be placed on the cover of service bulletins, within the written liturgy, or on a large screen display.

Black and white .jpeg image for download.

Description of Kyrie eleison

"Kyrie eleison Christe elesion" — "Lord have mercy, Christ, have mercy" —we pray these words of petition for all creation, our world, ourselves, our community, the church worldwide, and for those who cannot or will not pray. Together we say, "So be it" ("Amen"), in agreement and thankful assurance that our help is in the name of the Lord whom this mercy comes.

Scripture References

  • Psalm 124:8
  • Ephesians 1:4-5
  • James 5:11b

Occasions for Use

  • Prayers of the People
  • Confession and Assurance
  • Lent

The image is an original linoleum block print resulting from a printmaking process in which an image is drawn on a block of wood covered with a thin layer of linoleum, and then hand-carved to expose areas that will be white. Ink is rolled onto the block, covering the surface not cut away. Paper made from the mulberry tree is laid on top and hand rubbed with a Japanese barren or wooden spoon. In transferring the ink to the paper the resulting image is a reflection of the design placed on the block. It first appeared in the book Visuals for Worship (Faith Alive Christian Resources, 2006) which is no longer in print.

When using the image please include the following acknowledgment: “Linoleum block print by Elizabeth Steele Halstead."