Thursday, February 25, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Sunday of Orthodoxy

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!
Genesis 5:1-24

Lesson
Sunday of Orthodoxy
Thank you, Lee, for this link.

Questions
1. What does it mean for you to be made in the image of God?
2. Why do you think the descendants of Adam are listed right after a statement that Adam was made in God's likeness?
3. In the Lesson, Father Jacobse links God's image with Orthodox unity. Why are these relevant topics to think about during Lent?

To receive 1 credit for this story, email your answers to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by March 4, 2010. May your study be blessed!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Fantastic Reading List for Lent -- and other times, too

Please peruse this wonderful Lenten Reading List by blogger Orthocath. All the items on the list are available for reading online and include Bibles, readings from the Church Fathers, writings of the saints, and much more.

Read any of the items on this list to receive 2 credits each during Lent. Choose an appropriate worksheet to report on your reading from the downloadable homework sheets at left. Then forward your completed work to me at else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by Pascha, and you'll receive 2 credits.

Thanks, Mark, for bringing this to my attention!

Students, may your reading be blessed!

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Humility

Scriptures
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Isaiah Selections
Malachi Selections

Lesson
Humility

Questions
1. How do the two Scripture selections relate to each other?
2. What do the Scriptures say about us and about God? (Compare and contrast.)
3. How does humility relate to Lent?

To receive one credit for this activity, send your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 1, 2010. May God bless your study!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Lesson for Lent: The Fast

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 28, 2010.

Scriptures
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Isaiah 4:2 - 5:7
Genesis 3:21 - 4:7
Proverbs 3:34 - 4:22
Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Lesson
The Fast
by Frederica Mathewes-Green
This is an mp3 podcast that you can listen to on your computer.

Questions
1. How does Genesis 4:7 relate to fasting and to the passions?
2. Personally reflect on why it is hard (or easy) for you to fast. (You need not submit the answer to this question.)
3. What three things did you learn from the podcast about fasting that you did not know before?

For additional reading during Lent, please check out the Lenten booklist under "Booklists" at left. May you be blessed!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Book Sale: The Jesus Prayer

One time Lenten offer from Regina Orthodox Press!
Buy The Jesus Prayer now at 20% off and you may purchase anything else in our catalog and/or web site at 50% off. Priced at $16.99, special introductory offer price is $13.59 (plus $2.50 S&H).

About The Jesus Prayer
Perfect for the Lenten season, Frederica Mathewes-Green offers a comprehensive book on the Jesus Prayer - a spiritual jewel for anyone who yearns for a real and continuous presence of Christ. She illuminates the history, theology and spirituality of Orthodoxy, so that the Prayer can be understood in its native context. She provides practical steps for making it a part of our being.

Regina Orthodox Press
PO Box 5288, Salisbury, MA 01952
Toll free call 800.636.2470
Fax 978.462.5079
www.reginaorthodoxpress.com

You may read this book for credit. Simply read the book, fill out the General Books worksheet (downloadable from the left) and submit your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. When your worksheet is received, you will be awarded two credits!

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Suffering, Sickness and Death

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 26, 2010.

Scriptures

Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.
Hebrews 1:1-12
2 Timothy 2:1-10
Mark 2:23 - 3:5
John 15:17 - 16:2

Lesson

Suffering, Sickness and Death

Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Questions

1. Name some reasons for suffering
2. In what way did Christ suffer in the Scripture from Mark?
3. How does suffering relate to our Lenten journey?

For additional reading during Lent, please check out the Lenten booklist under "Booklists" at left. May you be blessed!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Sin

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 25, 2010. Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Scriptures
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You.
Isaiah 3:1-15
Genesis 2:20 - 3:20
Proverbs 3:19-34

Lesson
Sin

Questions
1. Why did bad things happen to Israel?
2. God has a plan for sin--what is it?
3. In light of the Scriptures and Lesson, why is the Lenten period necessary before Pascha?

For additional reading during Lent, please check out the Lenten booklist under "Booklists" at left. May you be blessed!

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Love and Judgment

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 22, 2010.

Scriptures
Glory to you, O Lord, glory to you.
Isaiah 2:3-11
Genesis 1:24-2:3
Proverbs 2:1-22
Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Lesson
Love and Judgment

Questions
1. What things do the people in Isaiah 2:6-8 prefer? How do these "treasures" compare to the ones given by God in Genesis and those described in Isaiah 2:3-4?
2. What treasures does God promise in the reading in Proverbs? According to the Lesson, our choice of treasures will lead to what ends?
3. How do the Scriptures and the Lesson apply to Lent?

For additional reading during Lent, please check out the Lenten booklist under "Booklists" at left. May you be blessed!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Class! "The Jesus I Never Knew"

Join Father Andrew Harrison as he discusses the life of Jesus Christ through video discussion and films!

"The Jesus I Never Knew"
Begins: February 26, 2010
When: Every Friday at 7 pm for six weeks
Where: St Luke Orthodox Church, Palos Hills, IL

Classes are 1 hour long and a workbook is included. Receive 1 credit for each class you attend. Father will take attendance.

Questions? E-mail Father Andrew at oandrey(at)aol(dot)com.

Who will Jesus be to you this Lenten season? Come and find out.

Lesson for Lent: St Mary of Egypt

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 22, 2010.

Scriptures
Isaiah 1:19-2:4
Genesis 1:14-23
Proverbs 1:20-33
Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Lesson
The Story of Saint Mary of Egypt.
This story is typically read with the Canon of Saint Andrew of Crete during the first week of Lent.

Questions
1. Compare and contrast Isaiah 1: 19-31 with Isaiah 2: 1-4. How are the worlds described different?
2. In the story of Saint Mary of Egypt, Zosimas strove to find one thing. What was it? What did God show him instead?
3. How does the story of Saint Mary of Egypt relate to our Lenten Journey?

For additional reading during Lent, please check out the Lenten booklist under "Booklists" at left. May you be blessed!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Divine Beauty

To receive 1 credit for this activity, read the Scriptures and the Lesson. Answer the Questions and return them by e-mail to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by 5 pm February 21, 2010.

Scriptures
Isaiah 1: 1-20
Genesis 1: 1-13
Proverbs 1: 1-20
Scripture selections are from the OCA web site. All Scriptures links are in the New King James version. Links are from BibleGateway.

Lesson
Divine Beauty
The Lesson is from the OCA web site.

Questions
1. How does the Scripture in Isaiah relate to the Scripture in Proverbs?
2. After contemplating the Lesson, what is one of the meanings of the creation narrative in Genesis?
3. How do these Scriptures relate to our Lenten Journey?

May you be blessed!