Russian Exarchate of Africa plans to serve liturgy in four languages

04 February 19:25
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Priests of the African Exarchate will serve the liturgy in the language spoken by their parishioners. Photo: Metropolitan Leonid’s Telegram channel Priests of the African Exarchate will serve the liturgy in the language spoken by their parishioners. Photo: Metropolitan Leonid’s Telegram channel

Metropolitan Leonid of Klin spoke about how the liturgical life on the continent will be built.

Entering new countries, the ROC sets itself one of the tasks not to break the foundations and traditions of people. Therefore, one must be very careful about the language in which the clergy will serve and preach. The first liturgy that took place in Africa was served in Swahili, the Exarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Africa said during an online conference on the protection of Christians in Africa and the Middle East.

“There was raw material for the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Swahili, and in a month our translators and missionaries managed to supplement it in order to use it, and at the liturgy in Kenya, our believers prayed according to this rite,” Vladyka Leonid said.

The main languages ​​spoken on the continent are English, French, Swahili and, in Northern Africa, Arabic. In all languages, according to Metropolitan Leonid, services will be performed depending on the linguistic affiliation of a particular country. Translators are already working to ensure that all the necessary prayers and rites are translated into these languages.

“People with whom you work, prepare for baptism, for the perception of Orthodoxy, should be comfortable communicating with you. And this is the beginning of great work on the preparation of pastors,” said Vladyka.

As reported, on January 30, with the blessing of Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, at the Church of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon in the village of Ebuayangu, 24 African priests of the ROC from the Kakamega and Vihiga districts celebrated the first Divine Liturgy.

Entering new countries, the ROC sets itself one of the tasks not to break the foundations and traditions of people. Therefore, one must be very careful about the language in which the clergy will serve and preach. The first liturgy that took place in Africa was served in Swahili, the Exarch of the Russian Orthodox Church in Africa said during an online conference on the protection of Christians in Africa and the Middle East.

“There was raw material for the liturgy of St. John Chrysostom in Swahili, and in a month our translators and missionaries managed to supplement it in order to use it, and at the liturgy in Kenya, our believers prayed according to this rite,” Vladyka Leonid said.

The main languages spoken on the continent are English, French, Swahili and, in Northern Africa, Arabic. In all languages, according to Metropolitan Leonid, services will be performed depending on the linguistic affiliation of a particular country. Translators are already working to ensure that all the necessary prayers and rites are translated into these languages.

“People with whom you work, prepare for baptism, for the perception of Orthodoxy, should be comfortable communicating with you. And this is the beginning of great work on the preparation of pastors,” said Vladyka.

As reported, on January 30, with the blessing of Metropolitan Leonid of Klin, at the Church of the Holy Great Martyr Panteleimon in the village of Ebuayangu, 24 African priests of the ROC from the Kakamega and Vihiga districts celebrated the first Divine Liturgy.

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