Terminology - Glossary K

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KONTAKION – A hymn giving in an abbreviated form the substance of the day’s feast.  Originally, this was a hymn composed of many stanza (18-24) whose lengthy text required the use of a scroll. What remains today are short preliminary stanzas that give a concise meaning to the feast being celebrated. It is sung following… Read More


KYRIE ELEISON – (Gr. Lord have mercy) The response of the choir or the congregation to the petitions of the Litany.