Thursday, July 10, 2008

The Church

The term church (Anglo-Saxon, cirice, circe; Modern German, Kirche; Sw., Kyrka) is the name employed in the Teutonic languages to render the Greek ekklesia (ecclesia), the term by which the New Testament writers denote the society founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ. The derivation of the word has been much debated. It is now agreed that it is derived from the Greek kyriakon (cyriacon), i.e. the Lord's house, a term which from the third century was used, as well as ekklesia, to signify a Christian place of worship. This, though the less usual expression, had apparently obtained currency among the Teutonic races. The Northern tribes had been accustomed to pillage the Christian Churches of the empire, long before their own conversion. Hence, even prior to the arrival of the Saxons in Britain, their language had acquired words to designate some of the externals of the Christian religion.

According From Wikipedia;

The Catholic Church defines its mission as spreading the message of Jesus, found in the four Gospels, administering Sacraments that aid the spiritual growth of its members and the exercise of charity.Through apostolic succession, the Church believes itself to be the continuation of the Christian community founded by Jesus in his consecration of St. Peter.

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