Churches in Athens have been told by Archbishop Christodoulos, head of the (Orthodox) Church of Greece, to organize Bible readings in modern Greek. The move reflects concerns that worshipers do not know the old form of the national language traditionally used in services.
Christodoulos has worried that the young especially do not understand this form of Greek and cannot follow services, the newspaper Eleftheros Typos reported. It said a pilot program would start by mid-September in some churches in the Athens area.
New Testament texts will first be read in the original language, a version of Greek spoken from the late fourth century BC to the fifth century AD, and will then be read again in modern Greek. The church had gained approval from its Holy Synod for the change.
This is a “major step for a church that clings to its traditions,” said the English-language newspaper Kath-imerini. –Ecumenical News International
A. M. Stroud III, a former prosecutor in Louisiana, expresses regret for the role he played in sending Glenn Ford to death row in 1984. “I was 33 years old. I was arrogant, judgmental, narcissistic and very full of myself. I was not as interested in justice as I was in winning.” Stroud says he presented dubious evidence from a forensic pathologist, precluded black jurors from the trial (Ford, since exonerated, is black), and ignored the fact that the appointed defense attorney had never before tried a criminal or capital case. “I . . . hope that providence will have more mercy for me than I showed Glenn Ford,” Stroud said in a letter to the editor of the Times of Shreveport. “But, I’m also sobered by the realization that I certainly am not deserving of it” (ABA Journal, March 25).