10/29/2007

Church

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Explanation

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A church is an association of people who share a particular belief system. The term church originated from Greek "κυριακή" - "kyriake", meaning "of the lord". The term later began to replace the Greek ekklesia and basilica within Christendom, c. AD 300, though it was used by Christians before that time.

The Christian word "Church" is used erroneously for the Greek "εκκλησία" — ekklesia, ref. Strong's Concordance — 1577, Bauer's, Thayer's, and Moulton's) is mentioned in the New Testament. Of the 114 occurrences of the term in the New Testament, Three are found in the Gospel accounts, all spoken by Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew: "And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my ekklesia, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it" (Mt 16:18); and "If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the ekklesia; and if he refuses to listen even to the ekklesia, let him be to you as the Gentile and the tax-collector" (Mt 18:17).

The Greek term εκκλησία — ekklesia, which literally means a "gathering or selection i.e. "eklectic" in English" or "called out assembly", was a governmental and political term, used to denote a national assembly, congregation, council of common objective (see Ecclesia (ancient Athens), Ecclesia (Church)) or a crowd of people who were assembled. It did not signify a "building".

The Christian use of this term has its direct antecedent in the Koine Greek translation of the Old Testament (see also Septuagint), where the noun ekklesia has been employed 96 times to denote the congregation of the Children of Israel, which Christians regard as a type of the "Body of Christ", as they also call the Christian Church of Christ.

Some minority traditions of Christianity have maintained that the word translated "church" in scripture most often properly refers to local bodies or assemblies. "Church" is a derivative of the Early Greek word "κυριακον", meaning Lord's house, which in English became "church". The Koine word for church is εκκλησία (ecclesia).

Before Christian appropriation of the term, it was used to describe purposeful gatherings, including the assemblies of many Greek city states. Christians of this stripe maintain that a centralizing impulse in the church, present from the early days of the church through the rise of Constantine represented a departure from true Christianity. They therefore reject the authority of the Nicene Creed or the Apostles' Creed.
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Things found on the way


Stepping on a Christian image, forced trampling of Christian images,
(fumi-e, ebumi 踏絵 絵踏)

Pictures of Christian figures used during the Edo period (1600-1868) to identify adherents of Christianity, proscribed in 1613.
Fumie 踏絵, 踏み絵 and Haiku

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Haiku Meditations on the Church Year
by Lionel E. Deimel


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Great Church Bells of Europe

Köln (Cologne), Germany - ~61300 lbs
"Kaiserglocke" (Emperor's Bell), c.27800 kg, Andreas Hamm, 1874 Destroyed in 1918 for war munitions;

Köln (Cologne), Germany - ~52900 lbs
"Petersglocke", C, c.24000 kg, Heinrich Ulrich (Apolda), 1923
http://www.gcna.org/data/EUGreatBells.html


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春眠のケルンの寺の鐘が鳴る
shunmin no kerun no tera no kane ga naru

sleepy in spring
the bells of the cathedral in Cologne
are ringing


岡野圭一, Okano Kei-Ichi
Tr. Gabi Greve

The poet writes :
the temple in Koln (Koeln), but it is a Christian Cathedral, der Kölner Dom, see LINKs above.
In Japanese usually it is called ケルン大聖堂 Kerun daiseidoo.

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冬薔薇の花弁の渇き神学校
fuyubara no kaben no kawaki shingakkoo

the dryness
of the winter rose petals -
Christian seminary


Ueda Gosengoku 上田五千石 (1933-1997)


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church window --
Christ reaching out through
metal bars


Isabelle Prondzynski, 2007

Have a look, if you feel like it, at my Saturday morning walk -- to the parish church in this part of Brussels, and sometimes to the Cathedral, a bit farther away. This year, two of my good friends are suffering from cancer, and I have taken up a habit of lighting candles for them and one or two others, on Saturday mornings, when I am here -- and doing the shopping afterwards.

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These are moments of calm, of stillness, of observation, and every time I visit this local church, there is something else I notice.
Haiku eyes!
And of course, it helps that the verger, who now greets me every time I come, is a very gentle elderly man who loves the place.

Isabelle's PHOTO ALBUM

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autumn sun --
the marks of many hands on
this glass door


Isabelle Prondzynski



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Marathon day --
all along the barriers
we walk to church

Marathon day --
the girl in the red T-shirt
falls asleep in church

Marathon day --
even the sermon runs
on and on


Isabelle Prondzynski, Kenya 2006

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in the cathedral
kneeling
photographer


Daniel Py (Chartres, France)

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sudden storm
a mosquito and i
take refuge in a church


Karma Tenzing Wangchuk
Simply Haiku 2003


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On the gray church wall,
the shadow of a candle
...shadow of its smoke.


L. A. Davidson

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country church
weathered gray steeple
leaning stairs


bob

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old woman at church
stares at a young family –
sits by herself


Lee Strong, January 15, 2006

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church bell tolls
spreading radiant light
over the rocks


spring wind topu- / Look at the PHOTO !

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church in the wildwood
where my mother sang and prayed
where my faith was born

church offering
my donation to Christ’s work
freely given


© by Ruth Y. Nott, 2007
Ruth Y. Nott

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Sunday morning in Sao Paulo
all through Sunday mass
football fans cheering

Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Sunday sermon today
by the Dalai Lama

village chapel in Provence
no place to kneel
but the worn stones


more from
isa in pamukkale


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Related words

***** Shrine, Shinto Shrine (jinja, miya, guu) Japan


***** Temple, Buddhist Temple (tera, -ji) Japan
..... Temple in India


***** Forced trampling of Christian images, fumie 踏絵, 踏み絵
Kigo for early spring

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5 comments:

Bill said...

weekday Mass
an old woman
prays the rosary

cathedral
flashbulb
ejaculations

empty spaces
in the church parking lot
All Saints

darkened church
she teaches her grandchild
to light a candle

mosaic
in a darkened church
my prayer

Ruth said...

praying for others
my cathedral of the heart
is overflowing

Anonymous said...


weathered church
darkened windows in
gray clapboard


bob
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/happyhaiku/message/5475

Gabi Greve said...

.
 Church Haiku from Bamboochas, Kenya

Ella Wagemakers said...

local basilica
an hour spent looking
at the candles

old church
wondering what tongue
to pray in

Ella Wagemakers