Thank you very much for pointing out and correcting my mistake
Its an easy mistake to make! Both monasteries can be abbreviated "HTM", afterall, which is why Holy Trinity
is usually referred to as Jordanville.
Bishop Jerome of ROCOR has stated that one of the reasons why ROCOR would like to publish their own Psalter is exactly to avoid this awkward situation where ROCOR officially has to ask permission from a group that went into schism from itself under the cloud of very serious moral accusations, in order to use their Psalter which currently is the best available.
- [Interviewer:] Vladyka, the Synod of Bishops recently met. On your initiative, a new commission was created by the Synod. Could you tell us some about this commission?
- [Bishop Jerome:] We have translations before that were, in my opinion, not entirely correct. This will be a controversial question, but in this regard we have taken several steps to improve order. The official name is the Translation Committee. The issue is that earlier all of our translations were done at Holy Transfiguration Monastery, which is officially part of a schismatic group. These translations were often far from being free of errors. This involves us because we must as their permission to use their translations. Right now we are completing a new English translation of the Psalter, which contains all of the hymns, prayers, and texts by the Holy Fathers, which are included in the Slavonic edition of the Psalter. I think that this is a step in the right direction. I hope that in the future we will have an opportunity to make editions with parallel Slavonic and English texts, which would not only be easier to use in church, but would also help those trying to learn Church Slavonic.
Of course, if one is really troubled in conscience about supporting schismatic groups, they certainly do not have to purchase anything from them. Before condemning others for purchasing from them, however, it is important to realize how much they are supported by the "canonical" jurisdictions at fairly official levels. It was already mentioned how Gregory of Colorado is hired to paint churches, particularly by the Antiochians, who he left over 40 yrs ago, and that his icons are included in the widely used Pan-Orthodox production The Orthodox Study Bible. Books from HTM and Gregory of Colorado are sold in all the seminary bookstores and probably all of the monastery bookstores in all jurisdictions. Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary purchases cassocks for seminarians from the HOCNA convent down the road from HTM. The chapel at Holy Cross seminary also uses HTM's service books for the English portions of its services. Since basically all of the “canonical jurisdictions” buy their goods, if someone saw this as a problem they would have to take the issue to the highest levels – perhaps even to the Episcopal Assemblies (though I think they have some more pressing matters to discuss first). It is true that if the "canonical Orthodox" jurisdictions did not purchase any of their goods, they would very likely dry up since they have such a small support base of their own. This is particularly the case with Gregory of Colorado who practically has nobody with him, and yet you can imagine how much he makes when hired to paint an entire cathedral church.
Edited by Herman Blaydoe, 15 October 2010 - 01:13 PM.
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