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The Church has never separated its Truth from its life. Every single phase of ecclesiastic life, whether administration, art, philanthropy or monastic living, is a live manifestation of the overall Truth; they each reveal the Truth of the overall Church. The actual structures or forms of expression of ecclesiastic life arose from the "function" of Eucharist assemblies and the implementation of this Truth by the faithful congregation. They were established as potential means of revealing this Truth, and not intended to serve any organizational expediencies.

The sole necessity that prompted structures or institutions, texts, dogmas and regulations within the Church, was the esoteric need to manifest the Church as the body of Christ and to unite man with God. Thus, the operational hierarchy of every administrational structure has always been in the service of this singular esoteric need, in the same way that the formality of worship, or hagiography, or temple architecture has served it.

The publications and other activities of the Apostoliki Diakonia are consequently serving this same need: they provide a description (without this description actually exhausting or replacing the fullness of the Church's life) of its caring, philanthropical stance towards mankind, which stems from the victory over death, and Resurrection in Christ.

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