Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy

by

Eva Catafygiotu Topping


Chapter Title

Hagia Sophia
literally, “Holy Wisdom; by order of Emperor Justinian and with the aid of Isidorus of Miletus, he built (532-37) the magnificent church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (Istanbul), which is at the site of the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate
Heirmoi (plural of heirmos)
trains of thought, coherence
Hierarchy
an organized body of ecclesiastical officials in successive ranks or orders
Hieratic
pertaining to priests or the priesthood; sacerdotal; priestly
Hieron
the area in which the Altar is located in Eastern Orthodox churches
Holy
1. entitled to worship or veneration as or as if sacred
2. saintly; godly; pious; devout, having a spiritually pure quality
Homiletic
having to do with preaching of homilies (sermons)
Hosia
indicating a female hermit
Hosios
indicating a male hermit
Hypapante
the presentation of the infant Jesus into the Temple and the purification by the Virgin Mary
Icon
a representation of some sacred personage, such as Christ, a saint, or angel; or of important event such as the Nativity of Christ painted usually on a wood surface
Iconoclasm
the beliefs of breakers or destroyers of images or icons, especially those set up for religious veneration. Theprinciple belief is that veneration is the same was worship of the icon. Worshiping an icon is considered idolatry.
Iconophile
someone who supports the veneration but not the worship of icons as representations of events or people. The distinction is the God is worshiped but an icon of Christ is only venerated. Note saints are never worshiped only venerated for their piety and example.
Incarnation
God taking human form (as Jesus)
Internalize
to accept and incorporate (the cultural values, beliefs, mores, motives, etc., of another or of a group), through learning, socialization, or psychologization
Kathismata
the 20 divisions of the Psalter in the Greek rite
Kerygma
the preaching of the Gospel of Christ, esp. in the manner of the early church, the content or message of such preaching
Kontakion
a hymn consisting of 18-24 oikoi (stanzas), often honoring a saint
Ladies Philoptochos Society
A Greek Orthodox Church women’s charitable Organization. Men can join, but they cannot vote.
Leitourgia
liturgy
Liturgical
pertaining to the liturgy or Eucharistic service
Liturgy
the Eucharistic (offering Holy Communion) service
Mathetria(i)
female students, disciple(s)
Melodes
melodies
Melodos
signifying a hymnographer
Menaion
a work of twelve volumes, each containing the offices (services) in the Greek Orthodox Church for a month
Metania
repentance
Meter Theou
Mother of God (Virgin Mary)