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New Orthodox Translation Group Publishes First Book

The Orthodox Christian Translation Society (OCTS) has announced the publication of their first book, Place Your Hope in the Lord: The Poetic Spiritual Life of Father Lazar. The title, which brings forward the spiritual teachings of the former abbot of the famous Ostrog Monastery in Montenegro (a pilgrimage destination for thousands from around the world), was originally published in the Serbian language. 

The OCTS website explains that their organization "exists to bridge the gap between cultures and languages through the translation of Orthodox texts and to help translators share their unique skills with the Orthodox world. Unlike other publishers and bookstores, we are a non-profit organization committed to the entire process of creating high quality Orthodox translations....We accept proposals from skilled translators, and then select projects to support. Once a project is chosen, OCTS commits to support that project financially from beginning to end."

That project support, continues OCTS, can include the translation of a work, any necessary editing, and then the book's subsequent publication with its marketing and distribution aspects. Translators are offered financial compensation for their labors as best befits the project, and the circumstances of the translator.

A board of directors and an advisory board guide the process for OCTS. Antiochian bishop His Grace Bishop Basil of the Diocese of Wichita and Mid-America serves on the advisory board, while several of the directors are active members of Antiochian parishes. Read about the OCTS team here.