Basics of Orthodoxy Class 2017
The St. Maximus Basics of Orthodoxy (Catechesis) 2017-18 Classes
Sundays at noon; Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
Session Two: December 10
Session Three: December 17
Session Four: December 24
Session Five: December 31
Session Six: January 7
Session Seven: Juanuary 14
Basics of Orthodox 202, Sundays at noon, Starts January 28. 2018
Ten weeks studying the Longer Catechism of St. Philaret, ending Palm Sunday 2018
Basics of Orthodoxy: Introductory Series
June 27 The Utter Centrality of Jesus Christ
July 11 Jesus Christ and His Church
July 18 Christ’s Church and Salvation
July 25 No Class Fr. Justin at Diocesan Assembly
August 1 Christ’s Church and Scripture
August 8 Christ’s Church and Tradition
August 15 Christ’s Church and the Councils
The St. Maximus Basics of Orthodoxy (Catechesis) 2015-16 Clases
The ten-week Introductory Basics Series, Basics of Orthodoxy 101, just ended in November.
Basics of Orthodox 201, Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., December 8, 2015 -- April 19, 2016
December 15 Session 2: God’s Plan for Man: Made in the Image and Likeness
December 22 Session 3: God’s Plan for Man: Life According to the Commandments of Christ (Ten Commandments, Gospel Commandments)
December 29 Session 4: Christ’s First Command: “Repent!”
January 5 Session 5: Cultivating Christian Life: Three Pillars (Prayer, Fasting, Almsgiving)
January 12 Session 6: To Whom Do You Pray? (Creed Intro)
January 19 Session 7: When You Pray 1: Corporate and Private Prayer
January 26 Session 8: When You Pray 2: Need for A Rule of Prayer
February 2 Session 9: When You Pray 3: Developing a Rule of Prayer
February 9 Session 10: When You Pray 4: Developing a Rule: Materials for Prayer: Prayerbook, Psalter, Services, Canons, Akathists, etc.
February 16 Session 11: When You Pray 5: Mechanics of Prayer
February 23 Session 12: When You Pray 6: The Jesus Prayer
March 1 Session 13: When You Fast
March 8 Session 14: When You Give Alms: Theory & Practice
March 15 Session 15: Nourishing the Soul: Reading the Bible, How to Read It
March 22 Session 16: Nourishing the Soul: Reading the Lives of the Saints & Spiritual Literature, How to Read Them
March 29 Session 17: Creed 1
April 5 Session 18: Creed 2
April 12 Session 19: Creed 3
April 19 Session 20: Creed 4
For an old Syllabus, please click here: Syllabus2011.pdf
Audio Files of Class Sessions
Introductory Session 1 "The Church" 3 February 2010
Lecture: BasicsIntro1.WMA Handout: Intro1Handout-.pdf
Introductory Session 2 "The Church and Jesus Christ" 10 February 2010
Lecture: BasicsIntro2.WMA Handout: Intro2Handout.pdf
Introductory Session 3 "The Church and the Canon of Scripture" 17 February 2010
Lecture: BasicsIntro3.WMA Handout: Intro3Handout.pdf
Introductory Session 4 "The Church and Holy Scripture 2" 24 February 2010 (discussing inspiration)
Lecture: BasicsIntro4.WMA Handout: Intro4Handout.pdf
Introductory Session 5 "The Church and Holy Tradition" 3 March 2010
Lecture: BasicsIntro5.WMA Handout: Intro5Handout.pdf Handout 2: Fr. George Florovsky: The Function of Tradition in the Early Church FlorovskyFunctionofTradition.pdf
Introductory Session 6 "The Church and the Councils" (The Conciliar Structure of the Church: Bishops, Priests, and Deacons
Lecture: BasicsIntro6.WMA Handout: Intro6handout.pdf
Introductory Session 7 "The Church and Salvation"
Lecture: BasicsIntro7.WMA Handout: Intro7Handout.pdf
Introductory Session 8 "The Church and Her Rational Worship"
Lecture: BasicsIntro8.WMA Handout: Intro8Handout.pdf
Main Session 1 "Faith & Life: The Connection Between What We Believe and How We Live" (2010)
Lecture: 100414Main1.WMA Handout:
Main Session 2 "God's Plan for Man: In the Image and Likeness of God" (2010)
Lecture: 100421Main2.WMA Handout:
Main Session 3: "God's Plan for Man: Life According to the Commandments of Christ" (2010)
Lecture: 100428Main3.WMA Handout:
Main Session 15: Nicene Creed Lecture 3: "One God the Father Almighty" (25 Aug 2010)
Lecture: Creed3.WMA Handout: Creed3handout.pdf
Main Session 16: Nicene Creed Lecture 4: "The Father" Why God is called "Father" (1 Sept 2010)
Lecture: Creed4.WMA Handout: Creed4handout.pdf
Main Session 17: Nicene Creed Lecture 5: "The Almighty and the Problem of Evil" (15 Sept 2010)
Lecture: Creed5.WMA Handout: Creed5handout.pdf
Main Session 18: Nicene Creed Lecture 6: "Maker of Heaven and Earth" (22 Sept 2010)
Lecture: Creed6.WMA Handout: Creed6handout.pdf
Main Session 19: Nicene Creed Lecture 7: "One Lord Jesus Christ the Son of God" (29 Sept 2010)
Lecture: Creed7.WMA Handout: Creed7handout.pdf
Main Session 20: Nicene Creed Lecture 8: Article 3 "Who For Us Men and For Our Salvation Came Down..."
Lecture: Creed8.WMA Handout:
Main Session 21: Nicene Creed Lecture 9: Article 4 "And Was Crucified for Us..."
Lecture: CreedArt4Crucified.WMA Handout:
Main Session 23: Nicene Creed Lecture 11: Article 6 "And Ascended into Heaven..."
Lecture: CreedArt6Ascension.WMA Handout:
Main Session 24: Nicene Creed, Lecture 12, Article 8: "And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life..."
Main Session 25: Nicene Creed Lecture 13, Article 9: "One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church"
Series on the Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy 1: Introduction (12 January 2011)
Divine Liturgy 2: "Blessed is the Kingdom" (19 January 2011)
Divine Liturgy 3: Great Litany part one (23 February 2011)
Divine Liturgy 4: Great Litany part two (2 March 2011)
Lecture: Litrugy4.WMA Apologies: the battery of the recorder died near the end.
Basics of Orthodoxy: Series on the Divine Liturgy
The Mission of The Orthodox Church in America, the local autocephalous Orthodox Christian Church, is to be faithful in fulfilling the commandment of Christ to “Go into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”
St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church is part of the Diocese of the South, which is presided over by The Right Reverend Alexander, Bishop of Dallas, the South and the Bulgarian Diocese. Our mission is bringing the joy of Christ's resurrection to those who have never heard the Good News, and to strengthen and encourage the faithful who reside within Denton and the local area.
The Holy Scripture is a collection of books written over multiple centuries by those inspired by God to do so. It is the primary witness to the Orthodox Christian faith, within Holy Tradition and often described as its highest point. It was written by the prophets and apostles in human language, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and collected, edited, and canonized by the Church.
Holiness or sainthood is a gift (charisma) given by God to man, through the Holy Spirit. Man's effort to become a participant in the life of divine holiness is indispensable, but sanctification itself is the work of the Holy Trinity, especially through the sanctifying power of Jesus Christ, who was incarnate, suffered crucifixion, and rose from the dead, in order to lead us to the life of holiness, through the communion with the Holy Spirit.