“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


Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The Last Days of Pompeii

An e-mail was recently sent to the community from parishcouncil@gocslc.org with the signature of the proistameno of Prophet Elias only, inviting us to "partake in the following Services and Educational Programs which will be held at Prophet Elias Church this New Ecclesiastical Year." The list of services to be offered by the proistameno of Prophet Elias only is impressive albeit almost 8 years after his arrival to our community. It is doubtful that he has been unaware of the existence of these services since his arrival. Why now? Is this an attempt to regain lost friends who have scattered because of his actions?

For one who has said that he "never forgives", what could he possibly teach? Many services have been added to the calendar which take place at Holy Trinity without the fanfare of this recent e-mail. Why the fuss of this formal announcement? It is apparent that the master plan to divide, at least in his mind, is alive and well.

On the eve of the festival I am left to wonder how many Judas hugs and kisses he will give to people he hates to see. Surely, when the cameras arrive he will be front and center playing the part of "great leader." In reality the only time he sets foot at Holy Trinity is when it benefits him to rub elbows with "the rich and famous."

We have seen and felt his tactics. After 8 years there is only one decision remaining for you to make: your immediate departure. Your mission to divide has failed it is time now to leave.

Yannis Armaou

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