St. Maximus the Confessor Orthodox Church
Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America
Denton, Texas
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Church Services Class

A class on Orthodox Church Services was offered in Fall 2008.  Below are some of the course materials that were used in class.  All outlines were created by Subdeacon Anthony Stokes and are meant to be used along side the class instruction, but please feel free to use them.  The power point presentation was originally designed for a lecture given to non-Orthodox music students at the University of North Texas.  For more information or if you have any questions on the materials, please contact Subdeacon Anthony.

Course Syllabus

Recordings Played in Class

The Cycle of the Eight Tones (power point presentation)

Service Outlines
Vespers
Matins
Divine Liturgy
Other Daily Services
Sacraments & Other Services
Lenten Services
Lenten Vespers

Announcements
Social

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