The word 'holy' and its meaning
Posted 21 February 2004 - 07:45 PM
I often wonder whether the RC concept of "Saint" is somewhat different from the Orthodox concept...perhaps my pea brain in action again, but my general impression is that in the Orthodox Church, the holy people are more than just those who have official recognition as saint...perhaps we don't know all those who are rejoicing in the Lord after their passing on, though He does reveal many to us.
Posted 21 February 2004 - 10:10 PM
Ah, how I would love one day to this famous and most knowledgable "Someone," who seems to have an infinite knowledge of encyclopedic proportions!.
What Rebecca has to say is correct. IChiurch Slavonic, which is as direct a translation from the Greek as can be, uses the word "Svyatii,"" which is the same as Agios. So, at the Holy God, Holy Mighty, we say, "Syvatii Bozhe, Svyatii Krepkii..." A Male saint is "Svyatoi," or "Svyatii ,"and a female saint is "Svyataya". At the same time, we can refer to any person who is more than pious by saying, "On svyatoui chelovek," or, "He is a holyh person." I myself do not know Greek that well, but perhaps someoje can answer that for you. Good answer, 'Rebecca.
Posted 17 March 2004 - 02:56 PM
Hence if you go to a French speaking parish in France you will hear at the Trisagion "Saint Dieu, Saint Fort, Saint Immortel aie pitié de nous" since there is only one word for 'holy' in French, the one derivived from the Latin.
With love in Christ
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