OC 101 Spring Semester2021-01-26T00:12:37+00:00

Orthodox Christianity 101

2021 Spring Semester Begins
Wednesday, January 6th at 7 pm

January 2021

READ: Pages 4-18 and 74-93

Pages 4-18: “The one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church” 
Pages 74-93: “We are the Church of the early Fathers”

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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READ: Which Came First: the Church or the New Testament

by Father James Bernstein

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: What is the Orthodox Church? A Brief Overview of Church History

by Father Marc Dunaway

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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A Timeline of Church History

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Major Christian Churches of the 20th Century

5 Differences between Roman Catholic & Orthodox Churches 5 Differences between Orthodox & Evangelical Christians
Division in Christendom: The Great Schism & Reformation Why Orthodox Christians Practice Closed Communion

READ: Pages 19-43 and 62-73

Pages 19-24: “What we believe about the Nicene Creed” 
Pages 25-30: “What we believe about Jesus”
Pages 31-43: “What we believe about the Holy Trinity”
Pages 62-73: “What we believe about salvation”

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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What if God is real? Who is Jesus Christ? The Holy Trinity

February 2021

READ: Pages 197-224

Pages 197-224: “What we believe about the Bible” 

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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3 Things You Need to Know About the Bible How to Read the Bible Can I Trust the Bible?

READ: The Bible in the Orthodox Church

by Father Steven Tsichlis

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: Bread for Life: Reading the Bible

by Father Theodore Stylianopoulos

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: Practicing Christianity, Living the Faith: Excerpts from the Letters of St. Paul

by Father Steven Tsichlis

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: Faith Alone and Faith and Works: An Orthodox Approach

by Father Steven Tsichlis

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: The Book of Psalms and the Wisdom of Sirach

from Orthodox Study Bible or use online links below:

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Read Wisdom of Sirach online here >

Watch

The Old Testament in the Church The Psalms: An Overview

READ: The Gospel of Luke and the First Letter of John in the Bible

from Orthodox Study Bible or use online links below:

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Read the First Letter of John online here >

Introduction to the Gospel of Luke The Gospel of Luke 1-9 The Gospel of Luke 10-24

March 2021

All those who wish to be made catechumens on Sunday, March 7th and begin the process of entering the Church through baptism and/or chrismation must have made their decision and informed Father Steve by TONIGHT!

READ: The Letter to the Colossians & the First Letter to Timothy

from Orthodox Study Bible or use online links below

Read the Letter to the Colossians online here >
Read the First Letter to Timothy online here >

View: Page on St. Paul

Check out our webpage on St. Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles for resources, podcasts and more on St. Paul and his life.

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Who Was Saul of Tarsus? Did St. Paul Visit Athens?
Do We Know Where St. Paul Is Buried? Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to Colossians with Steve Christoforou Introduction to St. Paul’s Letter to Colossians by The Bible Project

READ: Lent – Preparing for Joy

by Norman Wirzba

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: 5 Reasons Christians Practice the Discipline of Fasting

by Father Steven Tsichlis

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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READ: The Jesus Prayer

by Father Steven Tsichlis

from The Orthodox Christianity 101 Handbook

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What Is the Jesus Prayer? The Jesus Prayer
GREAT LENT & THE JOURNEY TO PASCHA BEGINS ON PURE MONDAY, MARCH 15TH.

READ: Pages 1-133

from God and You: Person to Person: Developing a Daily Personal Relationship with Jesus by Anthony Coniaris

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God Is Not in Books God Is Not Just a Doctrine Stop the Noise: Be Quiet & Listen

READ: Pages 248-274

Pages 248-274: “What we believe about prayer” 

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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READ: The Ladder to Heaven

from Sacred Symbols that Speak by Anthony Coniaris

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READ: Hesychasm: the Practice of Silence

from Sacred Symbols that Speak by Anthony Coniaris

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How To Stsart & Keep A Prayer Rule Are You Struggling to Pray?

READ: Monasticism: The Biblical Call

by a Nun of the Orthodox Monastery of the Transfiguration

from The Orthodox Christianity Handbook

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Mt. Athos – A Mountain Home for Monks Mt. Athos – 60 Minutes
St. Elizabeth’s Convent in Minsk, Belarus Abbess Josephina (Romania)

April 2021

READ: Pages 139-162 & 241-247

Pages 139-162: “What we believe about eschatology or life after death” 
Pages 241-247: “What we believe about prayers for the dead” 

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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READ: Prayer & the Departed Saints

by Professor David Ford

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READ: Orthodox Christian Funeral Service: A Liturgical Text

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Why Do We Die? Memory Eternal
Heaven & Hell God as Light & God as Fire: The Hellfire of God’s Love
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew | 60 Minutes Turkey’s Controversial Greek Orthodox Seminary Beyond Torture: the Gulag of Pitesti, Romania
Religious Persecution in the Former Soviet Union: A Russian Orthodox Priest’s Story The Novospassky Monastery: Persecution of Christians in Russia Persecution of Coptic Christians in Egypt | 60 Minutes

READ: Psalms: Symbols of Victory, Surrender & Alliegiance

from Sacred Symbols that Speak by Anthony Coniaris

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READ: Good Friday: The Epitaphion & the Tomb of Jesus

from Sacred Symbols that Speak by Anthony Coniaris

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The Crucifixion of Jesus Greek Orthodox Holy Week & Easter | Rick Steves
GREAT & HOLY WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28TH | The mystery of Holy Unction is celebrated today, the sacrament of anointing with oil for healing and the forgiveness of our sins (James 5:13-15).

May 2021

READ: Pages 275-282

Pages 275-282: “In view of all this: what, therefore, is expected of us?”

from Introducing the Orthodox Church by Anthony Coniaris

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The Resurrection of Jesus The Task of Orthodox Christians in America

Church School 2017-18

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