A reader recently wrote Pray Tell asking about Kyrie tropes. The tropes of the Kyrie provide a unique opportunity for tailoring the liturgy to the concerns of the faithful.
The GIRM says this about the Kyrie: “[I]t is a chant by which the faithful acclaim the Lord and implore his mercy, it is usually executed by everyone…When the Kyrie is sung as a part of the Penitential Act, a ‘trope’ precedes each acclamation.” Since the Kyrie is expected to be sung or said by everyone, and since it is meant to be an invocation, it makes sense that this would be a place where the liturgy could be tailored to the needs of the community.
The rubrics even allow for the tropes of the Kyrie to be changed: “The Priest, or a Deacon or another minister, then says the following or other invocations with the Kyrie, eleison.” There is a footnote in the text that directs the reader to sample invocations found in Appendix VI of the Roman Missal.
While liturgists often take a lot of time to prepare the prayers of the faithful, they seem to ignore the fact that Kyrie tropes can be composed.
Does your community create their own Kyrie tropes? What resources do they use? What are their guiding principles when composing new tropes?
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