[orthodox-synod] Keryx: facing the "Apostacy by Mumbling"
- A senior clergyman of our Church in a recent article in the _Russkij
Pastyr_ magazine referred to the threat of the "Apostasy by Mumbling":
inarticulate, unclear, listless reading of the Church services;
resulting in people's inability to grasp their meaning, not to mention
their beauty and depth, and eventual perversion of the liturgical life
of the Church. This danger, although ever present in the Church, has
become pressing in our time, when traditional way of life has been
disrupted by historical circumstances, and multitudes of people are
returning to the Church, or entering her for the first time, in
desperate search for truth, -- at times only to find senseless mumbling.
Prominent Russian Orthodox authors of the recent past (e.g. St.
Theophanes the Recluse, metr. Anthony Khrapovicsky) repeatedly warned
about that danger; Modernists in Russia are using it as a weapon in
their attack on the Church-Slavonic language. Archbishop Spiridon of
the Greek American Archdiocese, before his untimely departure,
mentioned the same threat to his Greek flock.
As an effort in combating this disease, a software system called
_Keryx_ has been developed. In its Rev. 1.03 it is available for
download as a demonstration package. As you will see, it can have a
variety of other applications, besides liturgical: further development
efforts will depend on your response.
Please see http://members.tripod.com/alphaom/keryx/ for the description
and download instructions.
Faithfully, -- M.Markish