Litany and Kyrie


(1) Saviour, when in dust, to thee,
Low we bow th'adoring knee;
When, repentant, to the skies
Scarce we lift our streaming eyes;
O, by all thy pains and woe,
Suffer'd once for man below,
Bending from thy throne on high,
Kyrie eleison.*
Hear our solemn litany.
Kyrie eleison.

(2) By thy birth and early years,
By thy human griefs and fears,
By thy fasting and distress
In the lonely wilderness,
By thy vict'ry in the hour
Of the subtle tempter's power;
Jesus, look with pitying eye;
Kyrie eleison.
Hear our solemn litany.
Kyrie eleison.


(3) By thine hour of dark despair,
By thine agony of prayer,
By the purple robe of scorn,
By thy wounds, thy crown of thorn,
By thy cross, thy pangs and cries,
By thy perfect sacrifice;
Jesus, look with pitying eye;
Kyrie eleison.
Hear our solemn litany.
Kyrie eleison.

(4) By thy deep expiring groan,
By the seal'd sepulchral stone,
By thy triumph o'er the grave,
By thy power from death to save;
Mighty God, ascended Lord,
To thy throne in heaven restored,
Prince and Saviour, hear our cry,
Kyrie eleison.
Hear our solemn litany.
Kyrie eleison.


*"We beseech thee, hear us" may be substituted, instead of Kyrie



Page provided courtesy of St. Luke's Episcopal Church, Pedlar Mills, Virginia. Lyrics found in the 1856 edition of The Book of Common Prayer, as Hymn #56 "For Lent" with kyries added by Holly Mills as an adaptation to meter. Music Ecce Homo by William Henry Monk in The Primitive Methodist Hymnal, 1889, and discovered at Cyberhymnal.
PDF available here.

Created 04/04/2011