“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


Saturday, August 11, 2007


Taken from
The Rudder of the Holy Orthodox Catholic Church
The Compilation of the Holy Canons by St. Nicodemus and Agapius
Canon LXXXI of the Holy and Renowned Apostles

"We have said that a Bishop,or a Presbyter, must not descend himself into public offices,but must attend to ecclesiastical needs. Either let him be persuaded, therefore, not to do so, or let him be deposed. For no one can serve two masters, according to the Lord's injunction."
(Ap. cc. VI,XXIII; cc.III,VII of the 4th;c. X of the 7th; c. XI of the 1st-&-2nd;
c. XVIII of carthage)

This Canon too, like the sixth one, prescribes that those in holy orders must not meddle in wordly affairs, since it says: We have said (i.e., in our Canon VI) that a bishop or presbyter must not lower himself into political and secular affairs and business but must confine his activities to sedulously looking after the service and wants of the Church. So either let him be persuaded, not to do anything of the kind henceforth, or, if he cannot be persuaded, let him be deposed.For no one can serve two masters and please both of them, as the Lord says (Matt.6:24; Luke 16:3).

See also the Interpretation of Ap. c. VI

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Yannis Armaou

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