The text and tune date back to the 9th century, hence, it predates Luther by around 6 centuries. Also, while this Kyrie is so intimately associated with Luther's German Mass, the majority of the text was originally sung in Latin. The Latin, German, and English versions still contain one element of Greek, Kyrie eleison which means, "Lord, have mercy."
- Have the choir sing Kyrie eleison in unison or in parts, and a solo pick up middle of each petition
- Introduce it at a special service, say, Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday or Reformation Sunday
- Before rehearsing with the choir, play the LSB setting during the offering or the Communion distribution (provided there is a little extra time) several weeks in a row