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  • The word diakonia, service, may express that service which one man renders to another -- Luke 10, 40, "with much serving;" or specially the service rendered to Christians, 1 Cor. 16, 15, "addicted themselves to the ministry of the saints;" or the official service of the ministry.

    A Commentary on the Epistle to the Ephesians

  • It seeks to foster, not blind submission to arbitrary commands, but is a diakonia or service to foster moral, intellectual, and theological excellence or virtue in the faithful.


  • Luke's Gospel emphasizes the experience of Jesus' mother Mary and her relative Elizabeth, introduces the prophet Anna, names three women who support Jesus and his disciples as they travel (8:2-3), and provides the scene in which Mary sits at Jesus' feet while Martha performs service or ministry (Greek: diakonia).

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  • Christian mission means that the appointed messengers witness to and proclaim the historical realization of the universal salvific will of God in Jesus Christ and celebrate the sacramental presence of that realization in the martyria, leiturgia and diakonia of the Church of Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

    Confessing the Messiah: The Church's Confession of Christ in Jewish-Christian Dialogue - Bishop Müller's Statement Pt. III

  • The dynamic between personal encounter, knowledge and Christian witness is integral to the diakonia of truth which the Church exercises in the midst of humanity.

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  • With regard to the educational forum, the diakonia of truth takes on a heightened significance in societies where secularist ideology drives a wedge between truth and faith.

    Archive 2008-04-13

  • The common thread is service diakonia and generally churches refer back to Acts 6:1-6 for the origin of deacons.

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  • Fortunately, there are a few who understand that “public servant” is about service — menial service when you get down to diakonia where “ministry” comes from, as in “Ministry of XYZ.”

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  • But we will give ourselves continuously to prayer, and to the ministry of the word (te diakonia tou logou).

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • The Apostles, in order to meet the complaints of the Hellenistic Jews that, "their widows were neglected in the daily ministrations" (diakonia), called together the multitude of the disciples and said: It is not reason that we should leave the word of God and serve (diakonein) tables.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery


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  • From Wikitionary: "social work done by a church"

    January 28, 2011