“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


Monday, July 9, 2007

We Need To Save Them, Too!

A great deal has been disseminated on this forum over that past several days and even more has gone back and forth among members of our community. We have endured the purposeful withholding of a letter from the metropolitan by our Proistameno. We have read the parish council's shameful "update" letter and our Proistameno's ridiculous "explanation" letter both riddled with inaccuracies if not outright lies. We have been called "uncanonical" and according to the manifesto of those in favor of a split, we are needing to "become canonically correct with the Archdiocese for both churches and "this idea has the full support of and has been encouraged by the Archdiocese for years." Not to be forgotten, we are involved in some type of "un-Christian polygamy."

If we are in fact "uncanonical" practicing "un-Christian polygamy" and in need of the ideas the manifesto proposes, supported by the Archdiocese for years, we are not alone. That's right, we are not alone. In the Archdiocesan District, there are two churches in Astoria, New York - St. Demetrios Cathedral and St. Catherine - St. George. Three priests serve both churches and the Presiding Priest (Proistameno) is the same at both churches. "Un-Christian polygamy" being practiced right under the nose of the Archdiocese in the District of our Archbishop himself. They are "uncanonical"; we must save them!!! We are morally bound to assist these lost souls in New York. Maybe we should immediately pass a resolution. If the Archdiocese has given its "full support" and encouragement in splitting our community, it stands to reason that it would do the same in its own back yard.

Here all along, we thought we were the only community functioning as one parish with two churches in our Archdiocese. Surprise! Our ruling hierarch certainly has made no effort to enlighten us with the truth. Through their manifesto, the small minority pushing the split has tried to convince us that the Archdiocese supports and encourages their position and has done so for years. Just another plate of garbage they are trying to shove down our throats. Visit the Archdiocese web site http://www.goarch.org/, look at the Archdiocese District and see the facts for yourselves.

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