January 29, 2007

Double Headed Church?

In the picture below [Sieg....!], you'll notice a flag with the double-headed eagle: once the standard of the Byzantine Empire. It stands next to the Cyprus flag, behind Tommy 2.0, a.k.a. The Chosen One.

Now, I understand that in Byzantine times the clergy and Emperor were often related and confused for one another, but can someone explain when Jesus spoke of double-headed eagles which ended up on the flags that we now have in our Orthodox churhces? Does this not go against some sort of Christian ideal? Should we, maybe, move away from double-headed eagles in Year of Our Lord, 2007? What does this tradition symbolise?

I understand some Grivas mourners liking this, as it gives them that feeling of being part of an Empire, but what does the Church of Cyprus really get out of this? It does follow tradition, but surely this allegiance to the Double-Headed Eagle is not really in line with your run of the mill Christian teachings. Or is it?

originally posted by Apodimos Kypreos


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