Old Church Slavonic

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Old Church Slavonic

The medieval Slavic language used in the translation of the Bible by Cyril and Methodius and in early literary manuscripts and from which the various forms of Church Slavonic developed. Also called Old Bulgarian.
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Old Church Slavonic


Old Church Slavic

(Languages) the oldest recorded Slavonic language: the form of Old Slavonic into which the Bible was translated in the ninth century, preserved as a liturgical language of various Orthodox Churches: belonging to the South Slavonic subbranch of languages
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Old′ Church′ Slavon′ic

(or Slav′ic),

the oldest attested Slavic language, extant in a group of manuscripts written before c1100, largely scripture and liturgical translations that were the outcome of Cyril and Methodius's mission to the Moravian Slavs in 863. Abbr.: OCS
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Noun1.Old Church Slavonic - the Slavic language into which the Bible was translated in the 9th century
Slavic, Slavic language, Slavonic, Slavonic language - a branch of the Indo-European family of languages
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KIRILLITSA: The alphabet based on the Greek uncials originally used for writing Old Church Slavonic. Shruthika Padhy of Cherry Hill, New Jersey, spelled it correctly.
Old Church Slavonic (OCS) is described in some major sources dealing with the grammatical description of the language as a language characterized by two voices: active and passive.
1,150 years ago, it was Cyril and Methodius, during their mission in Great Moravia, who spread Christianity, created the first Slavic Glagolitic script and turned the Old Church Slavonic into a liturgical language.
Both Old Church Slavonic and the written culture of the Orthodox Slavs began with translations from the Greek, and translation has remained important down to the present.
The text that had allured him for several years was a translation (or partially a modern reconstruction of a historical translation) of the Ordinary of the Mass into Old Church Slavonic, an ancient liturgical language.
In the early modern period, when the southern and western parts of the former Kyivan Rus' belonged to Poland-Lithuania, Old Church Slavonic was the language of the Holy Scripture, and no printed editions of any parts of the Bible were issued in the local vernacular.
Multiple meanings can be obtained by using different layers of language, from Old Church Slavonic to new technical terms, and by incorporating the new realities of life into the poems.