Thursday, September 17, 2015

Of things tautological

It has become a common shorthand for many people to say "Holy Saint [Name]..." followed by something like "pray for us" or "is remembered today" when prefacing an image of the saint, something from the synaxarion, etc. It's common, but it's also wrong.

Holy means holy. Saint also means holy. So you are in effect saying "Holy Holy [Name]," which I'm sure you don't mean. If you'd like to properly commemorate a saint either drop the initial "Holy" or, even better, let the commemorations be your guide!
  • Apostle/Evangelist: Holy, Glorious, and All-Laudable Apostle/Evangelist...
  • Forefather of the Lord: Holy and Righteous...
  • Hierarch: Father Among the Saints...
  • Married saint: Holy and Righteous...
  • Martyr: Holy Martyr... (as well as a myriad of more specifics: Great-Martyr, Hieromartyr, Venerable-Martyr, Confessor, and New-Martyr)
  • Monarch: Holy, Right-Believing [Title]...
  • Monastic: Venerable Father (or Mother)...
  • Prophet: Glorious Prophet...
A word of warning: Once you have noticed this prolixity, you won't be able to un-see it. You might even feel compelled to correct people. Be gentle.

4 comments:

  1. i can see you've been confabulating with Hierohermy

    ReplyDelete
  2. A word of warning: Once you have noticed this prolixity, you won't be able to un-see it. You might even feel compelled to correct people. Be gentle.

    ...and now everyone is aware of my sickness.... :-)

    ReplyDelete
  3. A word of warning: Once you have noticed this prolixity, you won't be able to un-see it. You might even feel compelled to correct people. Be gentle.

    ...and now everyone is aware of my sickness.... :-)

    ReplyDelete