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From here. Roma are a people whose history has been often linked to the Orthodox Church over the last 700 years at least, but possibly more.
Within the Romanian Patriarchate the liturgy is performed in their language, as well.
From here. In the 1970's there was a cheesy Hollywood movie titled "King of the Gypsies." http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077807/ A little bit of Orthodox trivia is in order. At the time, now Metropolitan Nicholas of ACROD was the pastor of St. Nicholas Orthodox Church located on 2nd Avenue in the East Village of New York City. A funeral scene was shot at the church and the then-Father Nicholas had an uncredited role as the priest presiding at the funeral. I think that the burial scenes were shot across the East River at a cemetery in Linden, NJ where there is a large Roma section. Three bar crosses are evident there in abundance. The Roma section is near the St. Nicholas and St. Mary Orthodox Section (Elizabeth and Bayonne, NJ parishes) where all of my grandparents, my brother and many family members are now buried.
The Roma families would gather on Sundays and picnic on summer Sunday afternoons by the graves of their family. When we would take my grandfather to visit the family graves after liturgy, we would always pass through the Roma section and my grandfather would always say the same thing in Rusyn and laugh. I am not sure what he said, but I suspect it wasn't nice.
Anyway, the Orthodox Church in Slovakia is to be commended for its work with Roma orphans at its orphanage in Medzilaborce, the home town of the family of the artist Andy Warhol near the Ukrainian border.
From here. Could the dialect used to celebrate this particular Divine Liturgy be understood by the Roma in Greece? I've recently really wanted to better understand the Roma of Greece (I still don't the distinction in the Greek languages between two Roma groups), and I feel like resources in the Roma language for Roma Orthodox-Christians (who are stereotyped as being more devout than ethnic Greeks; the no. 1 example is on the Feast of the Dormition on the island of Tinos where most celebrants are said to be Roma) is a great thing.
A friend of mine knows a priest from the west side of Thessaloniki who is fairly well-known in the Gypsy community because he helps shuttle kids between their homes & school. Maybe my friend could pass these resources on. The worst thing the priest can say is «όχι ευχαριστώ, παλικάρι μου. Προτιμάει την ελληνική γλώσσα το ποίμνιό μου»./"no thanks, kid; my flock prefers Greek." I'd also like to hear the Roma language, so this recording'll be cool to listen to. So far, all I know is the word «μπαλαμός». That means "non-Gypsy," & I've been told it means "White man."
Επίσης:Ρουμάνοι νεομάρτυρες από το αθεϊστικό καθεστώς Α, Β