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INRI in Greek Orthodox church #114358 08/09/04 05:11 PM
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Yesterday I attended a DL at a Greek Orthodox church and noticed the initials INRI on the cross at the altar (forgive me if it's not called an altar)
In John 19:20, it states that this title (Iesvs Nazarenvs Rex Ivdaeorvm) was written in 3 languages, (Latin, Greek and Hebrew)
Why wouldn't the Greeks have it written in Greek ?
I'm sure many Greeks do not understand what the INRI indicates ?

Dominus vobiscum,
Brad

Re: INRI in Greek Orthodox church #114359 08/09/04 05:26 PM
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Just answered my own question,
I think what I acually saw was INBI, based on the Greek text (Iésous o Nazóraios o Basileus tón Ioudaión),

I guess I'm guily of only seeing Latin when I enter an Eastern Church.

God forgive me, and help me to embrace all of Christendom with open eyes and an open mind.

Brad

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Brad,

Don't be too hard on yourself. At least you admitted your error when you discovered it. That's a quality much prized around here, especially among Latins biggrin

Though, I would be a tad wary of making generalizations, even framed as questions
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I'm sure many Greeks do not understand what the INRI indicates?
Many years,

Neil


"One day all our ethnic traits ... will have disappeared. Time itself is seeing to this. And so we can not think of our communities as ethnic parishes, ... unless we wish to assure the death of our community."
Re: INRI in Greek Orthodox church #114361 08/09/04 09:04 PM
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Hi,

I actually saw the relic of the SIGN above the Cross. There was a picture drawing to show what it did look like before it was distributed in many small pieces as relics...and this drawing was approved by Rome.

All three languages were fully written, meaning it was not abbreviated like INRI or INBI or whatever.

And what is interesting is that the words were written from right to left..instead of the usual left to right.

Because of the fact it was written from right to left is what made it authentic.

Because it was like Hebrew style...writing from right to left.

So it would go something like this:

Ivdaeorvm Rex Nazarenvs Iesvs

(Jews of King Nazreth of Jesus)

So, therefore, the intitials aren't necessarily the same thing sine all three languages were fully written on it...Hebrew, Greek and Latin (of course Latin was last I believe..I'll have to look in my photograph of that drawing at home to double check). I think it was measured at least a yard long...maybe a little more than a yard long.

Interesting, isn't it?

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I suggest a pilgrimage to Jordanville. In the upstairs church of the Monastery Cathedral, you will note a splendid, beautiful Russian-Byzantien crucifixion scene. Fortunately, this is large enough (not quite life-size, but it will do) to permit the name-plate to carry the full inscription in all three languages. Beautiful!
Greek churches (and ocasionally Slav churches) are apt to have crosses with the inscription "The King of Glory" on the name-plate.
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Re: INRI in Greek Orthodox church #114363 08/10/04 12:09 PM
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Dear Brad,
Glory to Jesus Christ!

If the priest’s hand cross is Slavonic, the “INRI” is depicted in Slavonic: “IХЦИ”

This translates to: “Jesus Christ, Tsar (King) of the Jews”

Regards,
Deacon El


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