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Bogomili

A religious sect of the twelfth century, whose chief seat was Thrace. So called from their constant repetition of the words, “Lord, have mercy upon us,” which, in Bulgarian, is bog (Lord), milui (have mercy).

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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