البعثة الأرثوذكسية العربية في الكنيسة الارثوذكسية اليونانية
Αραβικά Ορθόδοξη Ιεραποστολή
στο Ἐκκλησίας τῶν Γνησίων Ὀρθοδόξων Χριστιανῶν τῆς Ἑλλάδος Γ.Ο.Χ
The Orthodox Missionary for Arabs in the Greek Orthodox church G.O.C
Den ortodoxa Missionär till araber i den grekisk-ortodoxa kyrkan G.O.C
The word “mission” :
The Greek word is ἡ ἀποστολή – apostolē, which is derived from two words meaning “send from.” One can also notice the similarity to the word “apostle.” This is because the Apostles were sent out into all the world by our Saviour to preach the Gospel to all creation. Another word used in Greek is ἡ ἱεραποστολή – hierapostolē, which means “a holy mission”, to differentiate it from a secular mission. The mission of the Church is to execute the command given by Christ: “Go ye ... and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matt. 28:19-20). The word “mission” is also used to describe a group of faithful who gather for prayer, who in certain instances do not have a permanent priest or in some instances do not have a church building. Some missions have a permanent church building but no permanent priest and they are served by a priest periodically. The faithful of such missions usually gather for prayer regularly without a priest and say what are know as “Readers’ Services.” Some missions have both a church building and a permanent priest but are referred to as a mission because of the small number of faithful who attend services there. A mission is usually the beginning stage of a parish. In such instances there is a grey area in what is considered a parish and what is considered a mission.