“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


Thursday, April 1, 2010

Wishes for a Blessed Holy Week

As our community prepares for the continuing Holy Week Services, and waits in anticipation of our Lord's glorious Resurrection, we reflect and ponder recent events.

One that left us highly hopeful was Metropolitan Isaiah's visit a few Sundays ago. He acknowledged that mistakes had been made and that he too yearned for the unity and harmony we all surely want. This visit and His Eminence's expressed sentiments provides a very good beginning - one that we hope and pray will introduce a period of more harmony, more transparency, more unity for this community in particular and for our Church in general.

Kali Anastasi s'olous!

The Moderators

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