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The church of God which sojourns at Rome, to the church of God sojourning at Corinth, to them that are called and sanctified by the will of God, through our Lord Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, from Almighty God through Jesus Christ, be multiplied.
I don't understand why every time I write a post, I have like a 2-word limit and minasoliman can post books and books of patristic references without a problem. Life is not fair. I attached my response as a file. Sorry for the inconvenience.
@zoxsasi, you are correct in saying that language is just a means of communication. We are not discussing any particular language, i.e. Arabic. We are discussing the need to preach/sing/praise/worship in our native tongue. Here in the States/ land of immigration our native tongue is English. I am not advocating complete eradication of Coptic or Arabic. Rather I believe we as a church should move lean towards praising/preaching in English. The real thrux of our problem is that many people do not even know our Orthodox Faith. The Youth do not know Christ. It saddens me to see people memorize hymns like Omonogeneis and not understand the theological implications of referring to the second person of the trinity as the “Only Begotten.” It is not a matter of language, rather it is a matter of INTELLECTUAL BEING DISCONNECTED WITH OUR PRAISE. When hymnology becomes tarnished, we must return to the basics and preach the One whom we praise. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />