Prayer book in Siberian Khanty language published for first time

Khanty-Mansiysk, Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug, Russia, March 27, 2019

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The Beginner’s Orthodox Prayer Book was presented in Khanty-Mansiysk, the capital of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug in Western Siberia, on the Day of Orthodox Literature, March 14, reports

The book presents the prayers of the Church in Church Slavonic and in the eastern Surgut dialect of the Khanty language for the first time in print. The text is accompanied by illustrations and an audio application for those who understand the language by ear but cannot read it.

Those gathered at the presentation noted that the translated prayer book will help the indigenous peoples turn to the Orthodox faith and pray in their native language.

Olga Zvonova, the director of a local Sunday School, commented: “The translation of Orthodox prayers does not end with the issuing of a prayer book, of course the main thing is it lived, brought benefit, so that the indigenous inhabitants of Khanty would have the opportunity to offer prayers to God in a language they understand.”

At the meeting, they also discussed the fate of priests in the years of repression and the missionary ministry to the indigenous population, including the Baptism of the Khanty in the 1920s by Hieromartyr Bishop Herman (Ryashentsev) who had been sent there in exile.

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