“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


Friday, August 10, 2007

Thoughts on Schism from the Holy Fathers of the Church

St. John Chrysostom on schism:

"Nothing so provokes God to anger as the division of the Church." (PG, Vol. LXII, col. 85)

"The most pernicious of all things is to split the Church." (PG, Vol. LXI, col. 11)

"To cause a schism in the Church is not a lesser evil than to fall into heresy."
(PG Vol. LXII, col. 87)

"Not even the blood of martyrdom avails to wipe out this sin." (PG, Vol. LXII, col. 85)

St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite on schism:

Divine Chrysostom says (in his eleventh homily on the Epistle to the Ephesians)that a certain saint said that not even the blood of martyrdom can wipe out the sin of separating the Church and dividing it; and that for one to split the Church (i.e., create a schism) is a worse evil than that of falling into a heresy.

Dionysios of Alexandria the confessor wrote in his epistle to Bishop Nauatus that one ought to suffer any evil whatever rather than split the Church; and that the martyrdom is more glorious which one would have to undergo in order to avoid splitting the Church than the martyrdom which one would have to undergo in order to avoid becoming an idolater, since in the case of martyrdom to avoid becoming an idolater one becomes a martyr for the benefit of his own soul, whereas in martyrdom to avoid splitting the Church one becomes a martyr for the benefit and union of the whole Church.

1 comment:

Yannis Armaou said...

I am sure these are the Holy canons
of our church that make us "NON-CANONICAL"!

Yannis Armaou