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Paschal Gospel languages
« on: April 16, 2017, 04:43:21 PM »
How many languages does your parish manage to read the Gospel in (at the Agape Vespers)?

We have long managed English (of course), Greek (by yours truly), French and German. A couple of years ago, we acquired an ordained reader who reads it in Hungarian. This year, for the first time, we also had a Romanian speaker available.

How about you? :)
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 05:38:40 PM »
How many languages does your parish manage to read the Gospel in (at the Agape Vespers)?

We have long managed English (of course), Greek (by yours truly), French and German. A couple of years ago, we acquired an ordained reader who reads it in Hungarian. This year, for the first time, we also had a Romanian speaker available.

How about you? :)

It depends on who shows up and every year fewer and fewer people come.  I, myself, have been unable to simply because of the kids.  In years past, we have read the Gospel in:
1)  English
2)  Greek (usually I do this, but if I'm not present, it doesn't happen)
3)  Latin (see above)
4)  French (done by the priest's wife)
5)  German (done by my fellow protos)
6)  Italian
7)  Samoan
8)  Arabic (rarer and rarer despite being an Antiochian parish because the Arabs won't come)
9)  Spanish
10)  Georgian
11)  Romanian
12)  Serbian (sometimes the Serbs come out to our parish because our Agape Vespers is later in the day)
13)  Russian
14)  Ukrainian
15)  Portuguese
16)  Dutch (we have a native speaker)

These are the languages I have heard at our parish in 12+ years.  It seems we average around 5 or 6 languages.
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 07:21:18 PM »
Everything in Portuguese. We have a native Yiddish-speaking priest and a frequent native French-speaking laywoman, and yesterday Danish speakers from another parish, FWIW, but I don't think we ever did any other language in the readings. It would be interesting if our archeparchy started reading in some native language, but our Amerindian parish is probably in a 100% Portuguese-speaking tribe, like most.
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2017, 09:11:27 PM »
This was my first Pascha and we had Koine Greek, English, Latin, French, German (those first 5 are in the book anyway), Italian, Celtic, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, Russian, and Modern Greek, and hopefully I'm not forgetting one.
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #4 on: April 16, 2017, 10:09:12 PM »
How many languages does your parish manage to read the Gospel in (at the Agape Vespers)?

We have long managed English (of course), Greek (by yours truly), French and German. A couple of years ago, we acquired an ordained reader who reads it in Hungarian. This year, for the first time, we also had a Romanian speaker available.

How about you? :)
we used to do both English and Arabic, but due to growing number of youth and converts we only do English now, and move on

But sometimes matins and vespers alternate
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #5 on: April 16, 2017, 10:38:44 PM »
How many languages does your parish manage to read the Gospel in (at the Agape Vespers)?

We have long managed English (of course), Greek (by yours truly), French and German. A couple of years ago, we acquired an ordained reader who reads it in Hungarian. This year, for the first time, we also had a Romanian speaker available.

How about you? :)

For the Paschal Liturgy they do 4 Languages: Greek, Slavonic, English, and Russian. For Paschal Vespers and Matins we do our standard which is English/ Slavonic. For Saturday evening before the Pascha service we read Acts in as many languages as we can, I think it was 14 or 15 this year.

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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #6 on: April 17, 2017, 08:52:24 AM »
In addition to English, we had French and Spanish. Our speakers of Greek and Arabic were sadly not in attendance. However, one of our very capable and enthusiastic fifteen year old altar servers, whose grandparents came to Canada from the Netherlands, told me he plans to get them to help him to prepare to read it in Dutch next year.

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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #7 on: April 17, 2017, 09:43:56 AM »
English and Slavonic for us.
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Re: Paschal Gospel languages
« Reply #8 on: April 17, 2017, 10:36:01 AM »
This year it was mostly romance language focused.

Latin, Serbian, Romanian, Spanish and then Portuguese.

Some years we have Russian, French, Italian, Arabic and Aramaic
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