Lord Have Mercy. Christ Have Mercy.

After seeing the video “Passion of the Copts” all I could think was Lord have mercy. This hauntingly beautiful rendition of the Kyrie Eleison and the equally beautiful Gospodi Pomiluj below it are for them and for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ everywhere.

Kyrie Eleison – Zurgo – Navratil Andrea

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Gospodi Pomiluj

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  • Bill S

    I was taught that we don’t say “Lord have mercy” for relief from hardships but instead for forgiveness of our sins. I don’t mean to be technical about it. But, it is my understanding that you don’t pray for mercy to obtain relief from persecution and hardships. You pray for mercy because you are a sinner.

    • hamiltonr

      You mean Jesus was praying wrong when He prayed, Father, if it be your will, let this cup pass by me? How about when Hezekiah asked God to extend his life, or when Paul prayed for partners in ministry, or when Abraham asked God to spare Sodom if he found 50/30/20/10 righteous people there, or when Jesus advised us to pray and keep on praying and used analogies such as lost coins and bread for guests?

      I could go on, but the point is, what you are saying is inaccurate. We are to pray like little children, going to our Father. As for Lord have mercy, I think God can sort it out easily. The phrase itself is not limited to penitential rites and seasons.

      On the other hand, if you want to pray it as an act of penance for not doing more for these suffering people, I think that would be a good thing to do — for all of us.

      • Bill S

        Well. The nun who told me that when I was young and impressionable must have had it wrong. I was taught that there was a difference between praying for good fortune, protection, healing, etc. and praying for mercy. Mercy was what we needed so as to not be punished for our sinfulness. It wouldn’t surprise me if the nuns had it wrong.

        • TheodoreSeeber

          Especially at that time in American Church history.

  • Guest

    Let’s see if this works…

    • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

      I thought I’d got rid of this mess. I still don’t know how to embed videos in comments, but at least the link below does something.

      As for the subject of this post: ” In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16.33)

  • Fabio Paolo Barbieri
    • Bill S

      You can be mesmerized into believing in Gof. That doesn’t make God real. It is all the workings of human imagination. Impressive but meaningless.

      • Fabio Paolo Barbieri

        OH, for God’s sake. Who asked you anything?

      • TheodoreSeeber

        I’d be real impressed if you could make anybody believe in Gof.

  • http://ashesfromburntroses.blogspot.com/ Manny

    I love the way the Russians use bass voices. We in the west use tenor as the lead. The way the bass voice in the second video contrasts with the alto is superb. Both videos were beautiful. Thanks.