Translation of prayers and services into Russian
On the Day of Slavic Writing and Culture, the authors of Predaniya.ru reflect on the problem of translating worship and prayers into Russian:
The question of the language of worship in the New Testament church could not, in principle, be raised. After all, there was a call from the Lord: go and teach all nations, and you can teach in a situation of missionary sermon only in a language understood by the audience. There is not a word about this in the materials of the Ecumenical Councils: they answered current issues of the present, and did not create some kind of universal code for the future. The issue of the language of worship was not among the relevant ones. And he has nothing to do with theology as such, ”said Alexander Kravetsky, candidate of philological sciences, head of the Scientific Center for the Church Slavonic Language Research.
Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov) in a series of notes, in particular, writes: “I VERY LIKE Church Slavonic. I myself use it both in worship and in home prayer. I see in him only one drawback – he is no longer able to teach the people the gospel through additional worship without additional sermons and conversations. And this is his ONLY task. We translate all the creations of the Holy Fathers from ancient languages into … correctly, Russian. And somehow we do without a mat. ”
Continuing the conversation about the understandability of worship and the accessibility of the church language, we want to offer you several prayers that you can optionally use in your home prayer rule. According to Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh, “the first action of prayer is to choose words that we are not ashamed of, which fully express us and which deserve us; and then bring them to God with all the intelligence we can do. And you have to put your whole heart into this prayer vision. ” We offer short prayers and chants-prayers composed by Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov). A modern person can use them in some life situations. Perhaps the words of Father Silvanus, reflecting his prayer experience, will help someone along the path of growing in faith.
And here are the translations of the ancient liturgies from the hegumen Siluan. He wrote: “These sequences, which came out of practical use many centuries ago for various reasons, have, of course, their strengths and weaknesses. But for us it is important that they were composed at times very similar to modern ones. The persecution of the beginning of the twentieth century gave the Church many martyrs, and the legalization of the Church that followed after the 1000th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia brought many nominal Christians to it. Again, as in antiquity, the Church was faced with the problems of catechizing a huge number of people, for whom the worship became obscure, tiring and complicated. Here ancient texts can be useful, simple and clear, instructive and moderately saturated with dogma, devoid of Byzantine poetry and rhetoric richness, but set out in a mean and reverent style. ”
They posted a Russian-language prayer book, developed by a team of teachers and counselors of the parish teenage camp of St. Cosmas and Damian in Shubin. Teenagers are a people sensitive to attempts to somehow influence and educate them. It is important for them to grope their own position on all issues, it is important to be able to argue, not to agree. The task of the parish camp is to build such a relationship with the children in which a sincere and open conversation about personal experience and genuine experiences, including the experience of faith, will be possible. It is precisely for building our own, living experience of faith that this prayer book has been created, which can be used by children aged 11 to 17 for home prayer.
They also posted a poetic arrangement in Russian of the canon read over the shroud on Holy Saturday.
Books and articles
The "Sofia" by Vladimir Solovyov is an amazing text. Everyone knows the “dates” of Soloviev and Sofia. This text is completely devoted to Her, and moreover, there is a “mediumistic letter” in it, where it is no longer Soloviev who writes, but Sofia herself. In general, this, of course, is a completely insane text, such a theological fantasy, an adventure-metaphysical novel. “Sofia” is a kind of unconscious Soloviev, where his genius meets his madness.
Anyway, the text is very valuable. “Sofia” is an integral metaphysical system (God, the creation of the world, the world process, all-unity) and at the same time an integral social system. Things like progress, atheism, anarchy, appear here as moments of the One, the Divine process.
This book is written by Vladimir Shallar in the new issue of the Christianity and Phallocracy series.
"Teachings of the Holy Fathers about the passions and virtues" of Shimansky. According to the author, this “book is not a scientific treatise or research; she, scopee, is a systematic collection of patristic thoughts on individual, most important, issues of active Christian life, having, mainly, a moral and edifying goal. The author in his work sought to present the patristic teaching and experience in a manner that is more intelligible and accessible to the modern reader and to show their necessary applicability in the life of every Christian, for the commandments of God and the laws of spiritual life are common to all Christians, whatever their lifestyle and deed ” .
Article by Hegumen Siluan (Tumanov) “I am not worthy to partake of communion!”: “Do those who stand in line for confession participate in the Liturgy? Good question. Over the past centuries, the participation of lay people in the Liturgy has been perceived exclusively passively. ”
May 7 did not become an amazing person who made our world a better place. At the age of 90, the Christian ascetic Jean Wannier passed away. This person has changed the attitude of the whole world towards people with mental disabilities, made it possible for relatives and relatives not to be alone with their misfortune, creating the communities “Ark”, “Faith and Light”. Through his books and speeches, he constantly reminded of hope, and to many discovered what a true life in the community can be. We want to recall some important thoughts of Jean Wannier collected from his books.
Also posted his 10-minute interview.
Vladimir Shallar, “On the conflict around the temple in Yekaterinburg: an atheistic caricature”: “Of course, like any event, the conflict surrounding the construction of the temple in Yekaterinburg is more complicated than the media picture. Of course, among the opponents of the temple there are "demshiza" and people embittered against Christianity as such; Of course, among the defenders of the temple there are many real, good Christians. Nevertheless, it is surprising how amazingly ready the Church is, as it were, inserting itself into an atheistic caricature. ”
By May 9, they collected several movie masterpieces about the war, while Christian ones.
“Victory Day is a human holiday. The celebration of life, as people understand it, ”writes Vladimir Berkhin.
"Shurka" is a poem by Natalia Razuvakina on May 9: "I go to Magnit closer to the night through the whole area, and I sing a fat saxophone about a blue handkerchief."
The image of a Christian for us is everyday, iconic. Beautiful images, but they are difficult to follow in everyday life. Here are five books about the daily lives of saints: people of the Bible, early Christians, early wildernesses, Russian and Western monks.
What is the future for each of us? Can we, in the end, somehow program it with our plans, forecasts, concrete steps, dreams? In his new Brisbane novel, Evgeni Vodolazkin brings up the idea that the future of a person is easy to take away, because the future is just our fears and dreams, our assumptions. It is more difficult to take away the present, because it really exists, it is not an illusion. It’s even more difficult to take away the past, because it is constant. And it’s absolutely impossible to take away eternity, because eternity is with God. “Therefore, do not grieve that you have no future,” his wise grandfather says to the protagonist, an accomplished musician, struck by Parkinson’s disease. “What you think you are losing in the future, you will find in the present and in the past, but most importantly – in eternity.”
About the future and eternal conversation of the famous writer Yevgeny Vodolazkin and Hieromonk Cornelius (Morozov), rector of the church of St. Spiridon of Trimyphuntus.
"Christ Never Laughed": On Divine and Religious Humor. "
Archimandrite Savva Mazhuko will talk about laughter, conduct an apology of humor and try to see the funny in the ordinary and (too) serious.
“Is it proper to laugh to believers? “Will it offend a sensitive soul, will it not sow temptation, will it not incite to blasphemy?”
Is it not funny that a believer has to justify the right to laughter – a natural right that everyone has received from birth ?! And if you are also a priest, you should reinforce your irresistible desire to laugh with a selection of quotes from the holy fathers.
The followers of the Teacher, who advised to imitate children, suddenly turned out to be the most adult population of the planet. This is truly a misunderstanding of the century! Meanwhile, people who seek wisdom cannot manage without humor, and Christians are precisely those people who are called to wisdom, which means that they cannot do without laughter, including over themselves and, above all, over themselves.
Humor is a way of describing reality, a special language that captures the subtlest shades of reality that elude older languages and genres.
"Resentment, forgiveness and sacrifice." It is known: the longer you live, the less you understand. Here's the forgiveness: in preschool childhood you say “I'm sorry” – and that's all in the past, but when you read a couple of books and listen to a few lectures, everything gets confused.
What does it mean to forgive? Can a person do this by an effort of will? Should I forgive if I do not want? And if it should, then to whom? And if no one apologizes? Who is stronger – the one who forgave or the one who refused to forgive? What does it mean to turn the other cheek and how many times do you need to do this? How is forgiveness and redress related? What is sacrifice and how is it related to forgiveness?
They will try to answer these and other questions:
Svetlana Yablonskaya, crisis psychologist, speech therapist;
Oksana Kuropatkina, religious scholar;
Vladimir Strelov, biblical scholar;
Hieromonk John (Guaita) – cleric of the Church of St. indefinitely Cosmas and Damian in Shubin, historian.
"From Calvary to the empty tomb: Passion and Resurrection in world art." Anna Pozhidaeva. In the lecture we will examine the iconography of the Passion of Christ in world art – more precisely, the first part of an extensive range of subjects related to this topic: Praying for the chalice, Taking into custody, Bringing to the high priest and Pilate, Scolding, Scourging, Carrying the cross.
We will discuss how interpretations of each topic have changed from early Christianity to the Counter-Reformation under the influence of theology, pious theater, and pilgrimage practices; we will find out in what periods and why the theme of the Passion was given special attention.
"Psychotherapy and free will." Andrey Kopyov. This lecture is devoted to the thesis that a holistic approach to a person, both material and spiritual, helps a person in the process of his mental recovery more than a one-sided one.
“Religiosity vs spirituality.” Oksana Pimenova. Prophecies about the disappearance of religiosity in connection with the "spell of peace" were unjustified. Numerous empirical studies of recent decades show: despite secularization and desacralization, interest in the spiritual remains unchanged. True, he finds new forms of expression.
A collection of lectures by one of the best modern Russian biblical scholars Archimandrite Iannuarius (Ivliev). Themes are very diverse: biblical scholarship itself (the New Testament teaching on the attitude towards freedom and the state; who “eats and drinks unworthily,” according to the Apostle Paul, etc.), liturgy (Eucharist, Marriage), literature (Faustian theme in literature, Silver Age Russian literature and Christianity).
History of Christian Theology — A lecture course by Philip Carey, professor of philosophy of philosophy at East University, St. Davis, PA. This detailed course covers its theme from the birth of Christianity to the present day: Christianity and ancient philosophy, as Christians read the Bible, the doctrines of the Trinity, Incarnations, grace, scholasticism and Orthodox theology, Luther, Calvin, disputes about predestination, various directions of Protestantism, deism and liberal theology, postmodernism, ecumenism, etc.
“Philosophy and Christianity” – the course of the same author: Fathers of the Church, Christian Platonism, Descartes, Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Buber, Levinas, etc.
Album of the Orthodox author’s song about. Georgy Galakhov – “about the tireless attention to us of the loving Lord and His Most Holy Mother, about how everything is changing in our lives, we only need to turn to them sincerely, from the bottom of our hearts …”
The new album (2019) by Aleksey Fadeev includes songs recorded over the past 3 years – the most vivid and interesting instructive stories in life. This disc continues the series of story songs albums.
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