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
Catechism of St. Philaret 12 weeks; read it here.
March 10 Forgiveness Sunday
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
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.