Sunday, May 08, 2005

Speaking in Tongues

This should be interesting...I've been tapped to read next Sunday's epistle lesson auf deutsch for Pentecost. I had three years of German in college, but...it's been a long, long time since I've read German aloud. So there will be much emotive Teutonic oratory at my house for the next few days. Lesung aus dem ersten Brief des Apostels Paulus an die Korinther, das zwölfte Kapitel...try saying that ten times fast. Gott hilfe mir!

"Pentecost" from the Deutsch Catechismus Posted by Hello

8 comments:

bls said...

For me, it will be this, and apparently we're all going to be reading this at the same time in the various languages. A real cacophony. I'm looking forward to it!

1 Quand le jour de la Pentecôte arriva, les *disciples[a]étaient tous rassemblés au même endroit.

2 Tout à coup, un grand bruit survint du ciel: c'était comme si un violent coup de vent s'abattait sur eux et remplissait toute la maison où ils se trouvaient assis.

3 Au même moment, ils virent apparaître des sortes de langues qui ressemblaient à des flammèches. Elles se séparèrent et allèrent se poser sur la tête de chacun d'eux.

4 Aussitôt, ils furent tous remplis du Saint-Esprit et commencèrent à parler dans différentes langues, chacun s'exprimant comme le Saint-Esprit lui donnait de le faire.....

bls said...

(BTW, the name of the Book of Acts in German is quite impressive all by itself: Apostelgeschichte.

That right there would be enough to discourage me....)

*Christopher said...

Don't you love it...German is such a funny language. My favorite word is Der Staubsauger (dust sucker) for a vacuum cleaner!

LutheranChik said...

Bls: That sounds like it's going to be a fun Pentecost service. We did something like that one year back in college, where we had the advantage of a truly multicultural congregation. (As I recall, we read the Lord's Prayer all together in about a dozen different languages, in sort of a spoken round so that the cacaphony built up with each petition.)

In our congregation Spanish and German might be our only foreign languages...it'd be cool to do a reading in something a little more exotic, like Anishnabe or Manx.;-)

Yeah...German is a fun language...to paraphrase Twain, it's better than it sounds.;-) And if you really want to impress someone with your facility in German, say, Gibt es hier keine Geschwindigkeitsbegrenzung? What a great sentence! "Isn't there a speed limit here?"...for reasons unknown, I still remember this from my first-year German textbook.;-)

LutheranChik said...

You know, I just noticed this in the woodcut...and I hope this observation doesn't constitute a commission of the Unpardonable Sin...is it just me, or does the Holy Spirit not look like a cockatiel?

Purechristianithink said...

Hey--you gotta love a language that calls Christ's Ascension Die Himmelfahrt.

LutheranChik said...

LOL!

LutheranChik said...

Good luck with the new blog, BTW!