“Ye know that the princes of the Gentiles exercise dominion over them,

and they that are great exercise authority upon them.

But it shall not be so among you:

but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister;

And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant:

Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto,

but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.” (Matthew 20:25-28, KJV)

The word the Athenians used for their Assembly was Ekklesia, the same word used in the New Testament for Church
(and it is the greatest philological irony in all of Western history that this word,
which connoted equal participation in all deliberation by all members,
came to designate a kind of self-perpetuating, self-protective Spartan gerousia -
which would have seemed patent nonsense to Greek-speaking Christians of New Testament times,
who believed themselves to be equal members of their Assembly.)

- Thomas Cahill, Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter


Wednesday, May 9, 2007

A Brief History for Those Who Would Split Our Community, cont'd....

It is quite CLEAR in the letter imaged in this post, taken in conjunction with the document in our previous post, that our Bishop, now Metropolitan, clearly understood the nature of character of this Greek Orthodox community and ACKNOWLEDGED it in his letter to then-Proistamenos, Fr. John Kaloudis.

1 comment:

Zeta said...

We’ve been told by our Metropolitan in public meetings and it is our current Proistameno’s excuse for not wanting anything to do with half of the Parishioners of this Community, that it’s “ecclesiastical bigamy” for a priest to travel between two Churches! Does this letter then mean that the above mentioned practice became a crime after the arrival of this Proistameno or that it’s okay for some priests to be bigamists and for some it’s not?