Whether it is worth changing church language?
are conducted fight for parishioners Today. And churches of the most various sense in every way try to catch as the bigger number of the confused, oppressed by vital problems people is possible.
Certainly, the missionaries coming from the West attract people not least with the fact that church services conduct in the modern language.
Therefore talk that it is advisable to translate service in Orthodox churches into the modern language is carried on. This question is not so simple as it can seem at first sight.
Is it worth changing the Church Slavonic language worshipped and consecrated for centuries in which services in Orthodox churches, on the modern language are made?
About it there are various opinions. The archpriest Georgy Dubovik answered my question so:
- One of arguments which is brought into advantage of transition of church service to the modern language - that everyone come into the temple understood, “ about what the speech “. But into the temple do not come, and come, and parishioners - by means of God`s - perfectly cope with understanding tserkovno - Slavic service if they try to be more often in the Temple. Come into our Temple, during service of people in the face of a tear … In Church Slavonic language there are services in Orthodox churches of Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia. In Orthodox Church the question is not necessary - in what language to conduct service. If there is a question of the modern language, we will conduct service on it.
The famous preacher, professor Svyato - Tychonoff Theological institute, the deacon Andrey Kurayev, what does he think of a tendency of modernization of church services, in particular, about transfer of service on the modern language, answered the journalist`s question of that:
- As to one of makdonaldization forms … Nowadays often it is necessary to hear reasonings that Church Slavonic language - the dead. But language in which millions of people pray cannot be the dead. On the contrary, it is very living language which church people really love. Church Slavonic language should not be cancelled. Another thing is that near it existence of other liturgical languages is represented to me quite admissible: together, but not instead of.
Further, in my opinion, the father Andrey proposes solomonovo the solution of a language question in Church:
- In the presence of church permission I consider that multilingualism even in the same diocese is admissible. For example, in the large cities it is possible to allow existence of temples in which there would be a service in the modern language. But priests and parishioners have to realize that it no more than a lock in church. It would be missionary parish which passes people through itself(himself), but does not collect in itself. When people resembled, prayed, got used to elements, these neophytes need to tell: “ My dear, and now go to the normal temple where church service is not adapted to our wild present level and where the language worshipped and consecrated for centuries. Go to usual temples, and try to fall in love and understand monastic church service better... And here invite the friends who say that they will not go to the usual temple as nothing is understood “.
However the father Georgi is afraid that such approach will separate people:
- Now in general went poshest to build small hramik - small chapels for the enterprises, the organizations, institutions … It separates people, they begin to divide churches on personal and others`: here we will go, and tudant. And the Church has to unite all - from the janitor to the president.
Who knows, perhaps, it can really promote emergence of the new conflicts. According to the same Andrey Kurayev, “ priests who go way of missionary adaptation of the services are often executed by feeling of own superiority: we are supposedly the real Christians and missionaries not that these conservatives are Pharisees … Also the conflict " results;.
Whether church ceremonies so have to change? Historical practice of church answers this question: have to. And not once changed. The answer to it a question can be found also in Jesus`s words: “ Saturday for the person, but not people for Saturday “. The sense is that a church ceremony - not end in itself, but means for external expression of what the person trusts in. But changes of ceremonies have to be caused by the essence of changes in life. Otherwise it can lead to serious problems. In due time the lyuterovsky translation of the Scripture caused powerful crushing of Catholic Church and belief. And Nikoniansky church reform - split of Orthodox Church on two conflicting camps!
The father Georgi is convinced: “ Time will come, and services will be conducted in the modern language, but it is not necessary to hurry. If one “ for “ and others “ against “ it is worth waiting and not to bring split. It is necessary to protect unity of " Church;.
For now … And difficult Church Slavonic it becomes more clear if often you visit services in an Orthodox church. So let this cradle of Slavic languages longer remains firm. Also unites us divided by borders, traditions, policy and ambitions of national leaders. Because “ the spirit Slavic " is concealed in a letter; …