Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy

by

Eva Catafygiotu Topping


Glossary

Daughters of Eve
Christian women
Deification (synonym for Theosis)
by the grace of God becoming more like God, moving toward restoring the original relationship between God and humans through spiritual struggle (It is not possible, however, for any created being to become perfect as God is
Demotike
demotic, modern everyday Greek language has a similar relation to Byzantine Greek as Modern English has to Old English
Desert Mothers/Fathers
Christian hermits who were spiritually influential in the early centuries of the Church
Diakonia
the selfless giving of love, service to God
Diatonic
certain modes in Byzantine chant
Diocese
an ecclesiastical district under the jurisdiction of a bishop
Divine Liturgy
the Eucharistic (where Holy Communion is offered) service of the Eastern Orthodox and Eastern Catholic Churches
Dogma
the teachings of the Church
Doxa
glory, praise, worship
Echeirotonisen auten diakonon
He ordained her a deacon.
Eisegesis
an interpretation, esp. of Scripture, that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text
Ekklesia
the people who comprise the Church
Enanthropeo
become human
Enanthropesis
incarnation, act of becoming human
Encomium
a formal expression of high praise
Episcopal
of or pertaining to a bishop
Epithets
any word or phrase applied to a person or thing to describe an actual or attributed quality: “Richard the Lion-Hearted” is an epithet of King Richard I of England
Esperinos
an evening service, vespers
Euangelion (Evangelion)
the Gospel, good news of the Resurrection
Euangelistrai (Evangelistrai)
evangelists
Eusebia
piety
Evangelismos
evangelism
Exegesis
a critical explanation or interpretation of the Bible
extant
still in existence
Fall
when Adam and Eve sinned and fell from God’s grace
Feastday/Feast
the day on which a saint of the Church died and is the date on which the memory of that person is commemorated
Fugue
a polyphonic composition based upon one, two, or more themes, which are enunciated by several voices or parts in turn, subjected to contrapuntal treatment, and gradually built up into a complex form having somewhat distinct divisions or stages of development and a marked climax at the end
garrulous
excessively talkative in a rambling, roundabout manner, esp. about trivial matters