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Basics of Orthodoxy Class 2018-19

The St. Maximus Basics of Orthodoxy (Catechesis) 2018-19 Classes

Sundays at noon

Basics One (ten sessions) 101
Primary Text: Elder Cleopa, The Truth of Our Faith. (v. I)
Supplemental Text: Timothy Ware, The Orthodox Church. (OC)
Reference: St. Philaret of Moscow, Longer Catechism of the Eastern Church
Handouts as Needed

Session One: The Church September 9
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 1 The Church, pp. 37-43
Ware, OC. Chapter 12 The Church (25 pp)

Session Two: The Scriptures September 16
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 2 The Scriptures, pp. 45-51

Session Three: Holy Tradition September 23
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 3 Holy Tradition, pp. 53-65
Ware, OC. Chapter 10 Holy Tradition (Source of our Orthodox Faith) 12 pp
Ware, OC. Chapter 2 Church of the Seven Councils, 24 pp

September 30 Annual Meeting--No Class

Session Four: Salvation October 7
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 13 What is Salvation, pp. 153-166
Ware, OC. Chapter 11 God and Man 26 pp

Session Five: Worship October 14
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 11 Divine Services and Symbols, pp. 135-140.
Ware, OC. Chapter 13 Orthodox Worship I: The Earthly Heaven
Ware, OC. Chapter 14 Orthodox Worship II: The Sacraments (22 pp)
Ware, OC. Chapter 15 Orthodox Worship III: Feasts, Fast, Private Prayer (10 pp)

Session Six: Icons October 21
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 7 Veneration of Icons, pp. 105-112
Ware, OC, Chapter 2 (4 pages)

Session Seven: The Cross October 28
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 8 Veneration of the Cross, pp. 113-117; Chapter 9 Sign of the Cross, pp. 118-122

Session Eight: The Saints November 4
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 4 Veneration of the Saints, pp. 67-77, Cleopa, Relics (v. I Chapter 6), pp. 95-103

Session Nine: The Theotokos November 11
Cleopa, v. I. Chapter 5 Veneration of Mary, the Theotokos, pp. 79-92

Session Ten: Fasting November 18
Cleopa, Fasting (v. I Chapter 12), pp. 141-151.


Basics Two (seven sessions) 201
Primary Text: Timothy Ware, Orthodox Way (OW).

Session One: December 2
Ware, OW. Chapter 1 God as Mystery, pp. 11-25

Session Two: December 9
Ware, OW. Chapter 2 God as Trinity, pp. 27-41

Session Three: December 16
Ware, OW. Chapter 3 God as Creator, pp. 43-66

Session Four: December 23
Ware, OW. Chapter 4 God as Man, pp. 67-87 (Centrality of Christ)

Session Five: December 30
Ware, OW. Chapter 5 God as Spirit, pp. 89-104

Session Six: January 6
Ware, OW. Chapter 6 God as Prayer, pp. 105-132

Session Seven: January 13
Ware, OW. Epilogue God as Eternity

Basics Three
Catechism of St. Philaret 12 weeks; read it here.
January 27
February 3
February 10
February 17
February 24
March 3
March 10 Forgiveness Sunday
March 17
March 24
March 31
April 7
April 14 Finis
(April 21 Palm Sunday, 28 Pascha)

Basics of Orthodoxy 301, Fridays, 7:00 p.m. ongoing
Taught by Fr. Justin
Resuming September 21 Series on Divine Liturgy

Past Class to Return Soon
Basics of Orthodoxy: Introductory Series
Taught by Fr. Justin June 27-August 15, 2017
Tuesday evenings 8:00 to 9:15.

June 27 The Utter Centrality of Jesus Christ
     Described here by St. Justin Popovich

July 11 Jesus Christ and His Church
     Described here by St. Justin Popovich

July 18 Christ’s Church and Salvation
    Described here by Viktor Klimenko

July 25 No Class Fr. Justin at Diocesan Assembly

August 1 Christ’s Church and Scripture
     Described here in its relation to tradition by Fr. Georges Florovsky

August 8 Christ’s Church and Tradition
     Described in detail here by Fr. Georges Florovsky: Bible, Church, Tradition: An Eastern Orthodox View

August 15 Christ’s Church and the Councils
     Described here by Fr. Georges Florovsky

The St. Maximus Basics of Orthodoxy (Catechesis) 2015-16 Clases

The ten-week Introductory Basics Series, Basics of Orthodoxy 101, just ended in November.
A seven-week session, Basics of Orthodoxy 102 will begin January 10.
A twenty-week Basics of Orthodoxy 201 begins Tuesday evening, December 8 at 8:00 p.m.

The Basics Classes are open to all wanting to know about the Orthodox Church, Her Faith, and Her practices. Orthodox and non-Orthodox, the serious seeker and casual inquirer are equally welcome. The class is directed, however, towards those who are wanting to know more about the Orthodox Church with a view to possibly being joined to Her (Inquirers) and those who have formally declared their intent to be united to the Church and are preparing themselves for Holy Baptism and/or Chrismation (Catechumens). Anyone who disrupts this process through disrespect, lack of seriousness, or persistent argumentativeness may be asked to leave the class. Inquirers and Catechumens are expected to have and ask questions. Don’t be bashful!

Basics of Orthodox 201, Tuesdays, 8:00 p.m., December 8, 2015 -- April 19, 2016
Revised January 5
December 8 Session 1: Faith and Life: How Right Belief and Right Living Are Connected

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

St. John of Damascus
St. John of Damascus
St. John of Damascus
St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom
St. John Chrysostom
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
St. Cyril of Jerusalem
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..."
Lecture: CreedArt8Spirit.WMA

Main Session 25: Nicene Creed Lecture 13, Article 9: "One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church"
Lecture: CreedArt9Church.WMA

Series on the Divine Liturgy
Divine Liturgy 1: Introduction (12 January 2011)
Lecture: Liturgy1.WMA

Divine Liturgy 2: "Blessed is the Kingdom" (19 January 2011)
Lecture: Litrugy2Kingdom.WMA

Divine Liturgy 3: Great Litany part one (23 February 2011)
Lecture: Liturgy3GreatLitany.WMA

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
Divine Liturgy 1: Introduction to the Divine Liturgy. It's place in Orthodox worship. Lex ordandi, lex credendi.
Lecture: Liturgy1.WMA  January 12, 2011


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