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"Blessed" or "Happy"

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#21 Olga



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Posted 05 January 2010 - 04:57 PM

It is interesting to note that Greeks will often refer to a deceased loved one as makaritis/makaritissa, which are vernacular forms of makarios/makaria, which is definitely an expression of blessedness, not happiness.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 07:32 AM

Many english translations translate the word Makaria as happy. Including the Orthodox NT by Holy Apostles Convent. This translation is completely false. Makaria is a state of bliss. It is a state where the individual has already achieved a fullness from God.

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Posted 06 January 2010 - 04:12 PM

In the Church the ontological structure are so important. "Happy" share the existence but in very different ways than "blessed".

When we say "ontological structure" we mean that these are the ways how some entities exist not denote how these entities feel.

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