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Liturgical translation program

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Deacon James Hargrave is a Liturgical Translation Specialist working with the OCMC Liturgical Translation Program, which provides tools, training, and consultation to overseas mother-language translators of liturgical texts.

In the Great Commission (Matthew 28.16-20), Christ commands us to make disciples of all nations (ethnic groups), implying the need for translations into each language. Throughout history, the Orthodox church has prioritized translation of both the Bible and Liturgical texts into the mother-tongue of the faithful. In fact, His Eminence, Archbishop Makarios of Kenya has said, "Without translation, there cannot be mission."

Deacon James is creating an introductory course in liturgical translation, and developing exegetical tools for liturgical translators. He provides training in the use of OCMC liturgical software such as OLW and Doxa. He also develops templates used by Doxa to generate multilingual liturgical books.

Deacon James and his wife Daphne served as long-term OCMC Missionaries with the Holy Archdiocese of Mwanza in Western Tanzania. Having discerned a need for Dn James to receive solid theological education, they moved to Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, MA where James completed a Master of Divinity and was ordained Deacon.

The Hargraves reside in Mission, British Columbia, Canada.


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