The Most Breathtaking 'Lord Have Mercy' You Have Ever Heard

A heart-stopping composition sung by Georgians

This article from our archives was first published on RI in March 2020

This unbelievably beautiful composition, performed in a huge, empty church by Orthodox Christians truly makes you feel as though you've left this earthly life behind for some immeasurably more beautiful reality. 

There are only two words in the chant: 'Kyrie Eleison,' which in Greek means 'Lord, Have Mercy.' Perhaps, the simplicity and minimalism of the prayer are what makes it so powerful. 

It's sung by Georgians, famous for their incomparable harmonizations and voices. 

It was composed by the head of the Georgian Church, Patriarch Ilya II. He is truly a remarkable person, who has an unprecedented spiritual lifeline connection with his people. He has single-handedly raised the birth rate in the small country of Georgia, by promising to become the godfather of every third child born of couples married in the church.

Today he has 19,744 godchildren, with 930 more expected for the next mass baptism. He is also an artist, sculpture, and composer.

This particular composition combines ancient Orthodox Christian traditions in a profound expression of a prayer common to all Christians.

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