“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


Sunday, December 9, 2007

New Rules for the Christmas Fast

Sausage is now allowed at a breakfast served by the Philoptochos; apparently it has been baptized as fish by the Proistameno at Prophet Elias.

If you have your doubts, read the December 2, 2007 Sunday Bulletin, “The Word.”

I guess next year bacon will also be allowed.

He has changed everything else, ... why not the “fasting rules”? I am sure it can be found under some “new Canons.”

Merry Christmas,

Nick J. Colessides

P.S. Also appearing in the last two weekly bulletins: "PROPHET ELIAS PHILOPTOCHOS SOCIETY - Join us for Merry'ment and Martinis on December 11 at 7 pm in the Prophet Elias Boardroom. Bring your favorite appetizer, martinis provided. Bring a wrapped gift, not more than $20 (optional)."

We assume these appetizers are vegetarian? Is the board room the appropriate place for martinis and appetizers? Ah well, 'tis the season...

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