10675Re: [orthodox-synod] The Mission of the Church Abroad?
- May 4, 2004X.B.!
Paul Bartlett wrote:
> How many "day to day" (non-specialist) Russian or other SlavicJRS: It would be hard to determine how *well* they know Greek, but
> 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".
nevertheless, Greek is a required subject in the seminary.
When I was a student at Jordanville, not only were we required to learn
Greek, but once a year, on the feast of the Three Hierarchs, the Divine
Liturgy was sung in Greek (but following the Russian Typicon).
When there are Greek-speakers in church, I sometimes say certain
prayers in Greek for their benefit (e.g. the prayers before communion).
Our chanter, who knows both Slavonic and Greek, will also sometimes
sing chants in the original Greek.
Everything depends on who attends a given service.
Fr. John R. Shaw
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