Orthodox Faith Series Study Materials

The Orthodox Church in America's Department of Christian Education [DCE] recently announced the release of the fourth and final set of study questions and answers developed to accompany the late Protopresbyter Thomas Hopko's series, The Orthodox Faith. At this link are each of the four volume titles, with a list of its contents and then "Resources." The questions and answers (two documents) are in the "Resources" section for each volume. (The most recently completed study materials amplify Father Thomas' volume on Worship, according to Matushka Valerie Zahirsky, DCE chair.) 

Many parishes have been using the questions and answers for group study, Matushka Valerie added.

"The group members  read through a chapter of the the book together, then find the answers to the questions as a review, checking the answer document for accuracy, and discuss the points for reflection offered," she noted.  "Other groups begin reading with the questions in hand and find the answers as they go through the text.  Readers using the books on their own can use the study materials in any way they find most beneficial.  Teachers of older Church school students have used the materials to create 'Jeopardy' quizzes and other team activities."

Among the questions answered in the latest release are

  • Why do Orthodox couples not say the words "till death do us part" as part of the marriage service?
  • Who wrote the hymn "Only Begotten Son"?
  • What is the significance of the hot water added to the chalice for Holy Communion?
  • What is the eighth day?
  • Is there a difference between repentance and remorse?
  • Is the use of incense based on anything in the Bible?

The four revised volumes of The Orthodox Faith, with the accompanying study materials, provide an excellent means of learning and understanding all aspects of the teachings of the Orthodox Church. 

Visit the DCE web site for a wealth of additional educational resources and study units for all ages on a wide variety of topics.