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10662Re: [orthodox-synod] The Mission of the Church Abroad?

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  • Paul O. BARTLETT
    May 3, 2004
      On Mon, 3 May 2004, Fr. John R. Shaw wrote:

      > Paul Bartlett wrote:
      > > 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...
      > JRS: Quite so.
      > But the more you know, the better off you are! So, even for Western
      > Rite priests, a little familiarity with things Slavonic can't hurt...

      How many "day to day" (non-specialist) Russian or other Slavic
      Orthodox priests know Greek? After all, Slavonic ritual books
      themselves were translated originally from Greek. (Of course, later
      services may have been composed in Slavonic, but I am not aware that
      the Divine Liturgies themselves were.) "So, even for [Eastern] Rite
      priests, a little familiarity with things [Greek] can't hurt".

      Paul Bartlett
      bartlett "at" smart "dot" net
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