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Catholic

The word "Catholic" means "universial" or "whole" or "according to the whole" or "pertaining to the whole".

The first record of the word "Catholic" is its usage by Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer (Bishop of Antioch) (107 AD) in the letter to the Smyrnaeans. Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was the second successor to The Holy, Glorious and Illustrious Prince of the Apostles Peter. Then, the Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer was the third Patriarch / Batriyark of Antioch.

Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer wrote in Greek. The English transliteration (Anglicized) is "he katholike ekklesia" and the Latin transliteration (Latinized) is "catholica ecclesia".

kath-hol-ik-e or cat-hol-ic-a has four syllables:
"kath/kata" or "cat" = according to
"hol(os)" = (the) whole
"ik" or "ic" makes it an adjective
"e" or "a" is the feminine ending

"ekklesia" or "ecclesia" means "church"

"he" means "the"

Section of the letter of Holy Hieromartyr Ignatios the God-Bearer (Bishop of Antioch) to the Smyrnaeans.

This section of the letter is from Epistle to the Smyraeans(Short Version) The Fathers of the Church

CHAPTER VIII.--LET NOTHING BE DONE WITHOUT THE BISHOP.

See that ye all follow the bishop, even as Jesus Christ does the Father, and the presbytery as ye would the apostles; and reverence the deacons, as being the institution of God. Let no man do anything connected with the Church without the bishop. Let that be deemed a proper Eucharist, which is[administered] either by the bishop, or by one to whom he has entrusted it. Wherever the bishop shall appear, there let the multitude[of the people] also be; even as, wherever Jesus Christ is, there is the Catholic Church. It is not lawful without the bishop either to baptize or to celebrate a love-feast; but whatsoever he shall approve of, that is also pleasing to God, so that everything that is done may be secure and valid.


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