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Return to Tradition – Even in Language – in the Church?

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Chanters take part in the Good Saturday ceremony inside a closed for the public Greek Orthodox church, in the northern city of Thessaloniki, Greece, during a lockdown order by the government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, on Saturday, April 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Giannis Papanikos)

In the 1960s and the early 1970s, a civil war broke out in the Greek Diaspora between those demanding the use of English in our churches and those opposed to its use.The ‘war’ culminated in the deliberations of the Clergy-Laity Congress that was held in New York in 1970, when Archbishop Iakovos accepted its decision to allow the use of the English language.The reaction of the Greek-born in the Community reached the point of an open rebellion against Iakovos. The leaders of the opposition were the Community’s main newspapers,The National Herald (before my time...

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