GLOSSOLALIA - Literally, "speaking in tongues."
St. Paul uses the term to describe not an emotional experience but a spiritual gift (1 Cor. 12:10)
, though not one of the higher gifts (1 Cor. 14:1-5)
. At Pentecost the gift was given to allow those present to hear the gospel in their native language (Acts 2:6)
; in Corinth, the gift is an ecstatic utterance (1 Cor. 14:2)
. The Apostle warns against too much emphasis on this experience, urging instead that believers seek to manifest love (1 Cor. 13:1)
and communicate the gospel intelligibly (1 Cor. 14:19)
. Glossolalia has never played a significant role in historic Orthodox spirituality. (1 Cor. 12?14.)