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Diocese of the South, Orthodox Church in America
Denton, Texas
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Introductory Series 201 -- The Church Christ Came to Found

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Basics of Orthodoxy 200 Weekday Series, Fridays, 7:00 p.m. ongoing
Taught by Fr. Justin

Basics of Orthodox 201 Introductory Series on "The Church"

The Utter Centrality of Jesus Christ
     Described here by St. Justin Popovich

Jesus Christ and His Church
     Described here by St. Justin Popovich

The Church and Salvation
    Described here by Viktor Klimenko

The Church and Scripture
     Described here in its relation to tradition by Fr. Georges Florovsky

The Church and Tradition
     Described in detail here by Fr. Georges Florovsky: Bible, Church, Tradition: An Eastern Orthodox View

The Church and the Councils
     Described here by Fr. Georges Florovsky

Basics of Orthodoxy 202 Faith and Works

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. (1900 hours)
Taught by Fr. Justin

Nov 2 Session 1, Faith & Life: How Right Belief and Right Living Are Connected [Read St. Cyril Catechetical Lecture 4]

Nov 16 Session 2, God’s Plan for Man: In the Image and Likeness of God.

Nov 23 Session 3, God’s Plan for Man: Life According to the Commandments of Christ. The Path to the Goal. Ten Commandments

Nov 30 Session 4, Christ’s First Command: Repent! [St. Cyril Catechetical Lectures 1, 2]

Dec 7 Session 5, The Three Pillars of Christian Life: Prayer, Fasting Almsgiving

Dec 14 Session 6, When You Fast [Read Bp. Kallistos Ware “The True Nature of Fasting”, “Historical Development of the Great Fast”, and “The Rules of Fasting” pp. 13-37 in The Lenten Triodion]

Dec 21 Session 7 When You Give Alms and Tithe

Dec 28 Fast-Free Friday at the Rectory

Jan 4 Session 8 When You Pray 1: Public, Private, Need for Prayer

Jan11 Session 9 When You Pray 2: Why You Need A Rule for Private Prayer and How to Set It

Jan 18 Session 10 When You Pray 3: Mechanics: How to Pray with Attention and Feeling. [Read St. Theophan the Recluse, Path of Prayer (on website)]

Jan 25 Session 11 When You Pray 4: Going Deeper: The Jesus Prayer

Feb 1 No Class: Vigil for Meeting of the Lord in the Temple

Feb 8 Session 12 Nourishing the Soul: Scripture and Spiritual Reading

Feb 15 Session 13 Creed 1 Introduction: What Is It and Why Do We Need It?

Feb 22 Session 14 Creed 2 “I Believe”

March 1Session 15 Creed 3 “In One God the Father”

March 8 Session 16 Creed 4 “The Almighty” The Question of Evil

Great Lent Begins March 11
Clean Week: March 11-16

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