n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The Patriarchate of Alexandria and the orthodox missionary work
|Article Title||The Patriarchate of Alexandria and the orthodox missionary work|
|© Publisher:||Institute for Afro-Hellenic studies|
|Publication Date||Jan 2010|
|Pages||462 - 477|
This article traces the history the Ancient Second-throne Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Alexandria and All Africa and its a unique testimony of service over some twenty centuries of its existence, with the hope that not only will the African continent survive its own Resurrection, but will be able to make a meaningful contribution through its spiritual richness for all of Mankind to be able to live in a better world. The Orthodox Church is essentially a Missionary Church and it is within this perspective that it progresses and strives to takes root in Africa. In order for External Missions to succeed they need to be reinforced by the support of Orthodox Missionary work and a deeper cultivation of a Missionary conviction. Additionally, for Missionary work to progress, financial support is needed for the construction of Churches, homes for new native clergy, schools, clinics, nursery schools, halls for functions and buildings for the operation of Ecclesiastical Seminaries. What is most needed is enlightened, dedicated Missionaries, distinguished by the sanctity of their lives and having the right preparation for this objective through theological training, a pious life, a knowledge of the history and language of the people they will work with, obedience to their ecclesiastical authority, ability to conform to new environments, both cultural and climatological, enthusiasm, courage, self respect and particularly a deep faith in God.
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