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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    http://portal-credo.ru/site/print.php?act=news&id=79175   It is time to have divine services the Yakut language said Patriarch Kirill, according to
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      It is time to have divine services the Yakut language said Patriarch Kirill,
      according to Blagovest-Info. It's fortuitous that a good translation had been
      made half a century ago.*



      "On this same day 151 years ago on in Yakutia's Cathedral, the great missionary
      and preacher of our Church, Bishop Innocent of Moscow, first celebrated the
      Divine Liturgy  in the Yakut language. Later local residents, deeply affected by
      what they heard,  petitioned the Metropolitan to make July 19 , i.e .August 1
      new calendar, a holiday, because on this day Yakut people heard the Divine Word
      in their mother tongue. And I think it's time to satisfy the request of
      Yakutia."


      Orthodoxy in Yakutia appeared in the early XVII century, when the first
      Russians, the Cossacks, came to this region. Later organized missionary
      activities started. The Orthodox clergy played a major role not only in
      preaching the Gospel, but also in fostering a Yakut culture. For example, St.
      Innocent (Veniaminov),  as Archbishop of Kamchatka, the Kuriles and Aleutians,
      as spiritual father of Yakutia from 1841-67, played a major role in the creation
      of Yakut literature. It is with his blessing and with his direct assistance that
      Archpriest Dimitri Khitrov, the well known scholar of linguistics and
      ethnography of the Peoples of the North,  composed a grammar for the Yakut
      language.  (Fr. Khitrov later became +Dionisy, first Bishop of Yakutia).


      Giving advice for the future to the new Bishop Iliya of Yakutia and Lena,
      Patriarch Kirill said: 




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