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The Greeks and Melkites/Antiochians tend to have the Paschal Vespers with the reading of the Gospel in many languages, while the Russians tend to have the reading of the Gospel in diverse languages just after midnight.

Is there any reason for this?

Would a pan-Orthodox parish have the reading in many languages at both services?

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We do the multi-lingual reading of the Gospel at both services here in Dublin.

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We do Paschal Vespers on Great and Holy Saturday morning and
the start the Midnight Office at 11:30PM. The Gospel gets
read, in many languages, around 1AM or so. We have streamlined
it a bit, in that not every verse gets read in all the languages
available, but each verse in a different language. Besides
Slavonic, Latin and Greek we can generally manage English,
French, Spanish, Russian, Italian, Hebrew, Welsh, Irish, German
and maybe Arabic. We may be able to add Polish and Estonian someday.
We do have an gentleman who has learned Cornish, but he
is not able to come.

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Despite the fact that we are a Russian parish (albeit doing all services in English), we do the many language Gospel at Agape Vespers rather than the Divine Liturgy. I do come from an Antiochian background, but that is not the primary reason I prefer doing it at Vespers. Firstly, our parish does the Matins and Liturgy in a fuller form and so are ending pretty late as it is. Secondly, I am not a polyglot. I think it preferable to have lay people help read the Gospel at Vespers rather than the Liturgy.

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Lay people reading the Gospel at Paschal Vespers? I shall rend my garments!

If you want a "serious smile", you can obtain from Athens a nice, fairly large-print, edition of the Holy Week services in Greek - and it gives the Paschal Vespers Gospel in a variety of languages. So why the smile? Because all these languages are printed in the Greek alphabet, and whoever did it had an eclectic view of phonetics. Enjoy!

Then find parishioners who can pronounce whichever languages you want and record that Gospel for you (presumably on tape) so that you can learn to read it - at the moment you have about 10 months - along with a phonetic transcription if you need it for the given language. I did that with Maltese, of all things, and it came out nicely.

Fr. Serge


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