Holy Mothers of Orthodoxy

by

Eva Catafygiotu Topping


Glossary

Mnemosynon
memorial service
Mother of God
refers to the Virgin Mary as the mother of God as Jesus
Myrophoros(oi)
myrrhbearer(s), normally refers to one of the women (group) who went to Christ's tomb on the Sunday after the Crucifixion to anoint His body with spices and who where the first to learn of the Resurrection and the empty tomb
O monoyenes yios
the beginning words to a hymn: “O only-begotten Son…” (Hymns are often identified by their first few words.)
Ode
a lyric poem or hymn typically of elaborate or irregular metrical form and expressive of exalted or enthusiastic emotion
Odines
griefs
Oikos
the 18 to 24 metrically identical stanzas of a kontakion
Oikoumene
the inhabited earth, world
Opprobrium
the disgrace or the reproach incurred by conduct considered outrageously shameful; infamy
Orthodox Eve
Eastern Orthodox Christian woman (who presumably carry forever the taint of the sin of Eve in Eden)
Orthros
Matins (immediately precedes the Divine Liturgy)
Ostentatious
characterized by or given to pretentious or conspicuous show in an attempt to impress others, puts on “airs”
Paean
any song of praise, joy, or triumph
Pagan
observing a polytheistic religion, such as the ancient Romans and Greeks,
Paradigm
example, model, pattern
Panegyric
formal or elaborate praise
Pathos
That quality of anything which touches the feelings or excites emotions and passions, awakening emotions such as pity or sorrow
Patriarch
1. Patriarch of Constantinople, regarded as the highest dignitary of the Greek Orthodox Church
2. the head of a self-governing branch of the Eastern Orthodox Church, e.g., the Patriarch of Moscow is the headof the Russian Orthodox Church. Patriarchs have considerably less authority and power than the Pope of the Roman Catholic Church
Patriarchal
ruled by males
Patriarchy
a form of social organization in which the father is the supreme authority in the family, clan, or tribe and descent is reckoned in the male line, with the children belonging to the father's clan or tribe, a society, community, or country based on this social organization
Patristic
of or pertaining to the “Fathers” of the Christian Church or their writings
Pedantic
overly concerned with minute details or formalisms, esp. in teaching.
Perfidy
deliberate breach of faith or trust; faithlessness; treachery
Pharisee
a member of a Jewish sect that flourished during the 1st century B.C. and 1st century A.D. and that differed from the Sadducees chiefly in its strict observance of religious ceremonies and practices, adherence to oral laws and traditions, and belief in an afterlife and the coming of a Messiah
Philanthropia
charity
Philanthropos
friend of humanity
Pieuses (Fr.)
pious (women)