EXPLORING ORTHODOX CHRISTIANITY is a seven-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. 10 – Dec. 22) 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) and 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 2018
(subject to adjustment as needed):
November 10 – Prayer in the Orthodox Tradition
NOTE: Potluck can include non-fasting foods on this day only
Welcome and Introduction
Prayer in the Orthodox tradition (Personal and Corporate)
November 17 – Church History Orientation
Also: Clergy & hierarchy
November 24 – Sacraments (Holy Mysteries) I
What are the Holy Mysteries?
December 1 – Meeting our Bishop
Question & answer session with His Grace, Bishop Thomas. Come prepared with questions!
December 8 – Sacraments (Holy Mysteries) II
December 15 – Feasts and Fasts
The Church Year
Overview of Major Feasts
Overview of Major Fasts
December 22 – Other Topics
The Theotokos & Other Saints
Prayer with the saints
Stewardship / Ministry