Parrots don't speak any language.Riddikulus said:I'm sorry? Are you saying that people saying the Liturgy in Old Greek, Old Arabic, or some old Slavic tongue aren't speaking any language at all?ialmisry said:there goes that assuming again....Riddikulus said:They are speaking it for the Liturgyialmisry said:You assume ANY one else speaks the language.Ukiemeister said:No extra time needed. Just show up to Church and pray along with everyone else.ialmisry said:You are right. Why bother with putting your time, care and effort in reading the Bible and the Fathers when you can put that time and effort into being trained like a parrot.
I am saying, based on experience, that it is quite possible to go to a DL where no one has a clue as to what is being said, including the priest. The Fathers didn't write babbling. They wrote hymns.
Once I was at a non-Arab Church in IN. On the offering table in the narthex there was a silk covering. The design was Arabesque, and quite lovely, except that the border had the Muslim Creed repeated along the border. It could be worse: in some medieval icons the Theotokos wears tiraz (a Middle Eastern luxury cloth) with the same border, and many Churches in the old empire have the same Creed as a pattern in brickwork around the outside of Churches.