“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, August 27, 2011

FAILURE, (to say nothing of HYPOCRISY) on BOTH Counts!

A Weekly Message from Father Michael

August 24, 2011

Prayer affords an experience of spiritual liberty of which most people are ignorant.  The first sign of emancipation is a disinclination to impose one's will on others.  The second is an inner release from the hold of others on oneself.

Archimandrite Sophrony

The past years, nearly a decade now, have indicated otherwise!


Yannis Armaou said...

It's too bad that these sayings are only forwards of emails the proistameno of Prophet Elias only receives. Be original.

Yannis Armaou said...

I have a "gut feeling" that he does not even read them!

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Smoke and mirrors, or should I say smoke and oil.

Bill Rekouniotis said...

Yanni, you want him to be original, he already is, he's one of a kind. God help us. What have we done to deserve this.