Catechumen Class

Online - Monday evenings starting September 19

We will be using the book: Entering the Orthodox Church by Metropolitan Vlachos.

About the book: After an introductory section on catechetical instruction in the Orthodox tradition, the first seven ‘Catechisms’ set out in the book draw upon the parable of the prodigal son. For each ‘lesson’ there is an outline, followed by a discussion of what the selected aspect of the parable – for instance the behavior of the elder son – can teach us. The remaining nine Catechisms are based on the Creed, looking first at the Creed as a whole and then at the individual articles. Each Catechism is followed by questions and answers on all the points covered, to make sure everything has been understood.

Zoom Link for class: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89049640604

Class 1 covering the first Catechism (pages 43-51) (9/19)

Link to Video version of the class

A question that came up during class regarding St Cyprian of Carthage’s (3rd Century) statement regarding salvation. In Latin: “Salus extra Ecclesiam non est” which means: “outside the Church there is no salvation.” Fr Thomas Hopko once said the following:

But as the saying once said, “The true Church has sinners in it, and the false churches and the churches that are not completely and totally accurate and clear and true, they also have sinners in them. They also have saints, holy people, who, by the grace of God and by faith and grace and the Holy Spirit, live very holy lives. Here we would say it’s certainly a dogma of the Orthodox Church, that outside of the Orthodox Church the grace of God does act. The Holy Spirit blows where he wills, and there are righteous, holy people who are in other Christian churches, in no Christian churches. It’s all a great mystery here.

For more commentary on this topic, please see:

Outside the Church there is no Salvation

Salvation Outside the Church

How Should Orthodox Relate to Other Christians?

Class 2 (9/26) – The Christian God
Class 3 (10/3) – Man and his Fall

Links following our last class:

On the Nous:

WHAT IS THE NOUS – https://orthochristian.com/79038.html

The Orthodox Understanding of the Nous – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T8p8l33uhXw

The Gospel in Chairs – Another version

Gospel in Chairs with Brad Jerak – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7FKhHScgUQ

Local Monasteries – (Fr Alex has not yet visited)

Holy Convent of the Annunciation
https://www.holyannunciation.org/IMEe/IMEe-default.htm
13486 N. Highway 225
Reddick, FL 32686
Tel: (352) 591-1803

Holy Monastery of Panagia Vlahernon
https://www.panagiavlahernon.org
12600 West Hwy 318
Williston, FL 32696
Tel: (352) 591-1716

Class 4 (10/17) – The Church and her Work
Class 5 (10/24) – The Clergy and the Saints

Apostolic Succession – List of the Patriarchs of Antioch – https://orthodoxwiki.org/List_of_Patriarchs_of_Antioch

Image of Discos/Paten with the Bread and meaning

Diagram of the Discos/Paten with the cut bread
The Seal on the loaf before baking
Baked Loaf of Prosfora
A Sunday at St Philip Church
Class 6 (10/31) – Aspects of Repentance, Nominal Christianity, Attributes of the Growing Christian, Intro to Creed
Class 7 (11/14) – The Creed, especially the first portion
Class 9 (11/21) – The Creed, the second portion “And in one Lord Jesus Christ”
Class 10 (11/28) – The Creed, moving into the Divinity of the Holy Spirit
Class 11 (12/5) – The end of the Creed