Signs of renewal?
In recent years, whenever the religious reality in Russia has become a topic of public interest in the media, we have become accustomed to it revolving around the „Ukrainian schism” or how President Putin’s „symphonic” policy is harmonized with that of Patriarch Kirill. But recently, church life and public opinion in Russia have come to concern themselves and to constructively discuss a topic of major importance, one that raises, not since yesterday, but for hundreds of years, a question, a dilemma: how should the liturgical practice of the local Orthodox Church be and in what language should the books of worship be „written”? In Church Slavonic or in the vernacular, in this case the Russian language, of yesterday and today. During a regular year-end meeting for 2019 of the Moscow diocese, the patriarch referred for the very first time to the prospect of replacing church Slavonic in liturgical practice with written and spoken Russian.