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Liturgical Translation Program

The mission of the Orthodox Christian Mission Center (OCMC) is to make disciples of all nations by bringing people to Christ and His Church. OCMC partners with Orthodox Churches around the world, assisting them as they strive to become vibrant, self-supporting, self-governing, and self-propagating. “Establishing the Church,” involves helping to develop the foundations of a local Church so that it can stand on its own, engage in national and local ministries, and create and sustain vibrant parishes. One of the components of being “established” and “vibrant” is the worship of God in the language of the parishioners.

For this purpose, OCMC has established a team to develop and manage an on-going program for liturgical translation. The purpose of the program is to provide resources for liturgical translation and publication projects in countries served by OCMC.

This site provides information about the OCMC liturgical translation program and the team assigned to carry it out.

Vision

Every Orthodox Christian parish in the world will have the opportunity to worship God using the mother-tongue of its parishioners.

Mission

To equip translators of the Orthodox liturgical texts with the knowledge and tools they need to produce accurate and understandable translations that speak to the hearts of those who pray, hear, or read them.

Goals

The goals of the OCMC Liturgical Translation Program are:

  1. Improve the accuracy and understandability of liturgical translations.

  2. Reduce the cost and time required to prepare liturgical publications and websites.

  3. Add to the body of knowledge of the theory and practice of liturgical translation.

Strategies

  1. Apply the theory and practice of Bible translation to the task of liturgical translation as applicable.

  2. Leverage modern technologies while keeping in mind the needs of people living in locations with limited access to electronic devices and the Internet.

  3. Give priority to teaching others how to do something rather than doing it for them.

How We Achieve the Goals

The OCMC Liturgical Translation Program team achieves its goals by providing products and services to overseas Eastern Orthodox Christian archdioceses and metropolises.

The current focus is on the development of courses, handbooks, software and a Digital Chant Stand (DCS) for the Metropolis of Mexico.

To learn about the OCMC team developing these products and delivering services, visit the team page.