Όσιος e.g. Όσιος Δαυίδ

English translation: Holy (erron. Divine, Blessed) [used for monks, hermits, monastic holy persons]

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Greek term or phrase:Όσιος (as in Όσιος Λουκάς)
English translation:Holy (erron. Divine, Blessed) [used for monks, hermits, monastic holy persons]
Entered by: Nick Lingris

18:46 Jan 25, 2007
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Greek term or phrase: Όσιος e.g. Όσιος Δαυίδ
Hi,

Is όσιος used for people who are less holy than those who are άγιος?
Perhaps άγιος can't be used for individuals born before Christ?

Best wishes,

Simon
SeiTT
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:17
Holy (erron. Divine, Blessed) for monks, hermits, monastic holy persons
Explanation:
HOLY PEOPLE (Latin "Saints"): Greek has two words for "Saint"—'áyios [older 'agios] and (for a monastic holy person) 'osios (sometimes mistranslated as "Blessed," a term used among the Latins for a person who is recognized as having the potential of being recognized as a Saint). We speak of "Holy Gregory" or "Holy Great Athansios." As "St. Vasil the Great" is not likely to disappear, so it will have to be tolerated. Christ's full title is "Lord, God, and Savior." The person called "John the Baptist" in the West is the Orthodox St. John the Forerunner, or more fully, "St. John, the holy glorious Prophet, Forerunner (Pródromos), and Baptizer." The author of the fourth Gospel is St. John the Theologian ["Divine" in the West] or in some calendars fully, St. John the Apostle and Evangelist" (the last word referring to the authorship of one of the fourth Gospel). There are three other Saints with the title "Theologian," viz. St. Gregory (of Nazianzós) the Theologian, St. Symeon the New Theologian, and St. Gregory (Palamãs) the Theologian. The names Matthew, Isaiah, and Elijah end in -ias in Greek: Matthias, Esaias, and Ilias. Cf. Zacharias (Zachary in the West).
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Όσιος Δαβίδ was a hermit on Euboea (16th c.).
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Local time: 15:17
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Όσιος e.g. Όσιος Δαβίδ
Holy (erron. Divine, Blessed) for monks, hermits, monastic holy persons


Explanation:
HOLY PEOPLE (Latin "Saints"): Greek has two words for "Saint"—'áyios [older 'agios] and (for a monastic holy person) 'osios (sometimes mistranslated as "Blessed," a term used among the Latins for a person who is recognized as having the potential of being recognized as a Saint). We speak of "Holy Gregory" or "Holy Great Athansios." As "St. Vasil the Great" is not likely to disappear, so it will have to be tolerated. Christ's full title is "Lord, God, and Savior." The person called "John the Baptist" in the West is the Orthodox St. John the Forerunner, or more fully, "St. John, the holy glorious Prophet, Forerunner (Pródromos), and Baptizer." The author of the fourth Gospel is St. John the Theologian ["Divine" in the West] or in some calendars fully, St. John the Apostle and Evangelist" (the last word referring to the authorship of one of the fourth Gospel). There are three other Saints with the title "Theologian," viz. St. Gregory (of Nazianzós) the Theologian, St. Symeon the New Theologian, and St. Gregory (Palamãs) the Theologian. The names Matthew, Isaiah, and Elijah end in -ias in Greek: Matthias, Esaias, and Ilias. Cf. Zacharias (Zachary in the West).
http://www.orlapubs.com/AR/R297.html

Also in Greek dictionaries.

Όσιος Δαβίδ was a hermit on Euboea (16th c.).

Nick Lingris
United Kingdom
Local time: 15:17
Native speaker of: Greek
PRO pts in category: 48
Grading comment
many thanks, excellent

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Vicky Papaprodromou
5 mins
  -> Thanks.

agree  Betty Revelioti: Ίσως και Venerable... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Venerable
13 mins
  -> Χρησιμοποιείται κι αυτό και το Righteous και άλλα που έδωσα, αλλά κανένα δεν σημαίνει Όσιος / Holy.

agree  Assimina Vavoula
18 mins
  -> Thanks.

agree  Sophia Finos (X)
2 hrs
  -> Thank you, Ms Phenos.

agree  Nadia-Anastasia Fahmi
1 day 15 hrs
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