10634Re: [orthodox-synod] The Mission of the Church Abroad?
- May 2, 2004On Sat, 1 May 2004, Joachim Wertz wrote:
> [much trimmed] Personally I think thatI presume, then, that western Orthodox priests should know Latin?
> all priests of any liturgical tradition should at least be able to read the
> respective liturgical language of their Churches and traditions.
After all, the heritage of western Orthodoxy was transmitted in Latin,
not Greek or Slavonic. There are Orthodox Christians (in ROCOR itself,
if my information is correct) who celebrate a western Liturgy (which
some of them may even call Mass, horror of horrors) rather than the
Liturgies of St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil. The Latin Liturgy of
St. Gregory the Great and Gregorian and Ambrosian chant have ancient
Orthodox roots. For all I know, there may be Orthodox monks who
follow the Rule of St. Benedict, who as nearly as I can tell was a
great Orthodox saint.
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