Orthodox Christianity 101
The purpose of this class is to provide a broad overview of the Church’s faith and life, beginning with our worship. It’s intended for those who wish to explore Orthodoxy; for those who wish to become members of the Church here at St. Paul’s; and for those members of our parish family already Orthodox but interested in broadening and deepening their faith.
We will look at the Liturgy and the sacramental life: why do we worship the way we do? We’ll explore the Bible and look closely at the New Testament and who the Lord Jesus is. We’ll study the history of the Church, looking specifically at the question: where did all the many thousands of different denominations come from? We’ll discuss repentance, personal spiritual disciplines like prayer, almsgiving and fasting, stewardship, Christian moral values, dealing with our sins, the development of the virtues and living faithfully. And the most important question of all: what does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus Christ in Orange County in 21st century America?
Please join us! Content available for first 10 weeks of class below.
|Tour of St. Paul’s Church||Who Is Jesus?|
|What is the Orthodox Church?||What is Orthodox Christianity?|
|5 Misconceptions about the Orthodox Church||Have A Little Faith: Greek Orthodox|
|Overview of the Divine Liturgy||Orthodox Worship Space|
|Why do we repeat: Lord have mercy?||What do you mean “Pray to the Saints?”||Orthodox on Purpose at St. Sophia Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA|
|The Choir & Chanters||The Sign of the Cross, Icons & Tradition||Rise Like Incense|
|Lighting Candles with Steve Christoforou||Why Do We Sing in Church?||What Vestments Reveal About Our Relationship with God|
|Does the Liturgy Need You?||Why Church Matters|
|What Is A Sacrament?||Confession||The Sacrament of Confession|
|The Icons of St. Catherine’s Monastery at Mt. Sinai, Egypt||Painting of An Icon of St. Nicholas by Anton Danieko|
|Resurrection: Icon Exhibition in Moscow||All Human Beings Are Created in the Image of God|
|Who was Justin Martyr?||The Story of Patrick: Christianity in Ireland|
|The Liturgical Calendar & the 12 Great Feasts||The Wonder of Christmas||Christmas Gift-Giving|