“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, October 9, 2010

An Open Letter to the Denver Metropolitan

October 9, 2010

Re: Attached letter dated April 12, 2010, addressed to you by Archbishop of America Demetrios
Your request for a separate Charter for Prophet Elias Church

Dear Metropolitan Isaiah,

Congratulations on the Great Deception!

Cardinal Richelieu cannot hold a candle to you!

Machiavelli is a mere amateur. You deserve the enmity of 87% of our Parish.

You have given new meaning to the phrase “Διαίρε και Βασίλευε.”

Την επόμενη φορά που θα λάβεις μέρος στην Θεία Λειτουργεία, και οταν θα εμφανιστείς στην Ωραία Πύλη να ζητήσεις απο τους συν-εκκλησιάζοντας να σε συγχωρήσουν, να θυμάσαι πάντοτε οτι 87% της κοινότητας μας, δέν θα κλίνουν τας κεφαλάς για να σου επιτρέπουν να λάβεις την Θείαν Κοινωνία. Σ’ αυτή την ζωή όλοι μια ψυχή θα παραδώσουμε.

Have a nice day. You have earned the right to have become irrelevant in the spiritual lives of your flock.

Best regards.

Nick J. Colessides

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