Catechism Material

Click the highlighted and underlined links below to view the material.

Many of the offerings below are videos and good for virtual religious study groups in the Eastern Orthodox Christian focus in a variety of age groups. Play the Video and have a virtual discussion!

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Bible Study – The Writings: Wisdom and Poetry in the Old Testament. An Eastern Orthodox Christian Perspective.  Appropriate age group:  Teen/adult.  Click this link for the program.

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Bible Study the Pentateuch in the Old Testament (also called the five Books of Moses and the Torah), an Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective.  Appropriate age group: Teen/adult.   Click this link for the program

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Mary, The Mother of God (Μήτηρ Θεοῦ).  A video series exploring the Old Testament prefiguring of the Theotokos (Mother of God) and the hymnody used by the Eastern Orthodox Christian Church to venerate her.  Appropriate age group:  Teen/Adult.  To view the Introductory video and the other lessons in this sequence, click this Link

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Orthodox Christianity Time Line.  A convenient timeline of the Orthodox Christian faith.  Appropriate age group:  Teen/Adult

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The Seven Great Ecumenical Councils.  A brief overview.  Appropriate age group:  Teen/Adult.

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Sacred Space:  The Architecture and Space of a Byzantine Church.   This video explores the history of the early Christian communities, Byzantine Church Architecture, Iconography, and the use of icons within the Eastern Orthodox Christian perspective.  Appropriate age group:  Teen/Adult.

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How a Priest positions his hand when he blesses a person or a congregation.  Appropriate for all age groups.

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The Symbol of the Christian Fish    Appropriate for all age groups.

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How an Orthodox Christian positions their hand when making the sign of the cross.  Appropriate for all age groups.

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The Censer. A religious interpretation to the different parts of the church censer.  Appropriate for all age groups.

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The Creed of Faith: Click Here For a printable Nicene Creed in Greek, English Phonetics, and English  Appropriate for all age groups.

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The Lord’s Prayer  Click here if you would like to have a printout with the Lord’s Prayer in Greek, Phonetics and English.  Appropriate for all age groups.

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Great Compline and Akathist Hymn Prayers to the Mother of God and our Lord Jesus Christ intoned in Greek and English.  Appropriate for all age groups.

A source for an English Translation is available at  https://www.goarch.org/-/the-akathist-hymn-and-small-compline

Greek Text with Phonetics is available at this link

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An Explanation of a set of Priest Vestments in the Byzantine Tradition:   Appropriate for all age groups.

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Vacation Bible School.  Appropriate for Young children-Teen.  This link provides a suggested 3-day Orthodox Christian Vacation Bible School program for children in grades 1 through teen.  This was the first Bible School program implemented at my Parish in 2013 with the Parish Priest’s blessings.   It is a simple program providing spiritual enrichment and Orthodox centered youth discussions and activities. This program was implemented in a Greek Orthodox Church, so various references and hymns are rendered in Greek and refer to Greek Orthodox youth groups, HOPE,JOY and GOYA.  These can be easily changed to accommodate your jurisdiction.

 

 
 
 
 

 

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