10645Re: [orthodox-synod] The Mission of the Church Abroad?
- May 3, 2004I have myself attended a Western Rite Liturgy in a church that is in ROCOR,
and there were parts of the Liturgy (Mass) that were read in Latin. I would
say that it would not be a bad idea if these Western Rite ROCOR clergy did
know how to read Latin. I suspect that some at least, do. It wouldn't hurt.
In my previous posting I wrote merely "read" the traditional liturgical
language. I should have said "read for comprehension", and not just
pronounce the services in said language. I can pronounce the Greek services,
but my comprehension of the Greek liturgical language is less than 20%. It
is my opinion that it is in a priest's best interest to know the traditional
liturgical language (and even the modern language spoken by his Bishop), at
least for his safeguarding against misunderstandings. No, I am not proposing
that clergy be re-educated or that clergy wishing to join another
jurisdiction should be subjected to a linguistic "litmus test". I was only
speaking of an ideal and pointing out that there still is much work to be
done in translating texts into languages that are not traditionally
Orthodox. Then we could go into the issue of *which* translations should be
Christ is Risen!
From: "Paul O. BARTLETT" <bartlett@...>
Organization: SmartNet Private Account
Date: Sun, 2 May 2004 19:35:24 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Re: [orthodox-synod] The Mission of the Church Abroad?
On Sat, 1 May 2004, Joachim Wertz wrote:
> [much trimmed] Personally I think that
> all priests of any liturgical tradition should at least be able to read the
> respective liturgical language of their Churches and traditions.
I presume, then, that western Orthodox priests should know Latin?
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.
bartlett "at" smart "dot" net
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