EXPLORING ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY is a six-week experience for anyone interested in understanding better the faith, teachings, history, worship and practices of the Orthodox Christian Church. This Advent Unit (Saturdays Nov. 18 – Dec. 23) is complemented by a Lent Unit held in the Spring.
This evening program begins with 5pm Vespers on Saturday night, followed by a common potluck fasting meal (roughly 6pm, no meat or dairy, please), a short presentation and discussion. One or more church members will give the presentation(s) and moderate the discussion. Each evening’s program should wrap up by 7-7:30pm.
This program is recommended for all interested (including Orthodox Christians, non-Christians or non-Orthodox Christians) and is also part of the standard preparation for formally enrolled catechumens of the parish (those who have made a commitment to become Orthodox Christians).
TOPIC SCHEDULE FOR ADVENT 2017 (subject to adjustment as needed):
November 18 – Church History I
Welcome and Introduction
Pentecost, Acts of the Apostles
Council of Nicea (First Ecumenical Council)
November 25 – Church History II
Ecumenical Councils 2-7
History to the Modern Period
December 2: Sacraments I
What are the Holy Mysteries?
December 9: Sacraments II
December 16: Feasts & Fasts
The Church Year
Overview of Major Feasts
Overview of Major Fasts
December 23: Saints and Piety
The Theotokos & Other Saints
Prayer with the saints