Thursday, March 25, 2010

Lesson for Lent: The Annunciation

Scripture
Glory to you, O Lord, glory to You!
Luke 1: 26-38

Lesson
Homily on the Feast of the Annunciation
By St Theodore the Studite

Questions
1. What is the "flesh"?
1. According to St Theodore, why should we grieve for the world?
3. What does Mary show us that we can copy in our own lives, especially during Lent (and after)?

You can earn one credit for this lesson--simply e-mail your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by April 1, 2010. God bless your study!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Treasure Online: the Prologue of Ochrid

This past Sunday, Fr. Andrew dedicated a new icon in our church, an icon of St Nicholas of Zhica and South Canaan, Pennsylvania. Dubbed the "Serbian Chrysostom," Father referred us to one of this Saint's greatest works, the Prologue of Ochrid. The Prologue consists of daily readings from the Saints, plus a reflection written by Bishop Nicholas.

Now you can read the entire Prologue, a real treasure, online here. It is searchable by date.

This is a wonderful daily resource for spiritual reading. I hope it will be a blessing to you!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Approaching the Resurrection

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!
Matthew 27: 27-31

Lesson
Sermon for the Sunday of St Mary of Egypt
by Metropolitan Anthony Sourozh

Questions
1. Why were the disciples afraid?
2. What must we all do to "make it through to the resurrection," so to speak?
3. Who is the church a refuge for?

You can receive one credit for this lesson by submitting your answers to else10(at)gmail(dot)com by March 27. May your learning be blessed!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Lesson for Lent: The Lord's Prayer

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Luke 11: 1-4

Lesson
The Lord's Prayer
By St Cyril of Jerusalem

Questions
1. The Lord's prayer starts with three praises, so to speak. What are they? How do they praise God?
2.How does St Cyril explain forgiveness and temptation?
3. What aspects of the Lord's prayer relate to Lent?

Receive one credit for this lesson by emailing your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 25. Be blessed!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Lesson for Lent: On Confession

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Genesis 4: 2-10
Genesis 4:23

Lesson
St Chrysostom: On Confession
A reading with commentary from Ancient Faith Radio

Questions
1. Why was Lamech "commendable"?
2. According to St Chrysostom, what is worse than NOT confessing?
3. How does confession help us during Lent?
4. How does St Chrysostom's homily encourage you?

To receive one credit for this study, please e-mail your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 24. May God bless your studies!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Endurance

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Hebrews 12: 1-10

Lesson
"If those attacked by many passions of soul and body endure patiently, do not out of negligence surrender their free will, and do not despair, they are saved. Similarly, he who has attained the state of dispassion, freedom from fear and lightness of heart, quickly falls if he does not confess God's grace continually by not judging anyone. Indeed, should he dare to judge someone, he makes it evident that in acquiring his wealth he has relied on his own strength, as St. Maximus states." --St Peter of Damascus

Questions
1. Why is endurance necessary?
2. Who is our example? What traits did Jesus show us that are worth copying?
3. In the Lesson, St Peter talks about enduring the passions. Why should we? How is this relevant to Lent?
4. How long should we endure, according to the Scripture and the Lesson?

Receive one credit for this activity. E-mail your answers by March 16 to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com. God bless your learning!

Lesson for Lent: The Cross

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Mark 8:34-9:1

Lesson
The Cross of Christ
By Prof. Andreyev

Questions
1. Why do we adore the Cross during the third week of Lent?
2. In the Lesson, what three new things did you learn about the Cross?
3. From the Scripture, what does it mean to "carry one's cross"? Why is this necessary for a Christian?

To receive one credit for this lesson, email your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 15, 2010. Blessed Lent to all!

School Prizes for this year...

At the close of this school year (June 2010), prizes will be awarded to the top three credit-earners. The prizes include a huge Russian icon of the Trinitiy (first place), a small handcrafted icon of our Lord Jesus Christ (second place), and a Mere Christianity/CS Lewis blank journal (third place).

Friday, March 5, 2010

Lesson for Lent: Pressing On

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, Glory to You!
Genesis 8:4-21

Lesson
About Fasting
By St. Theodore the Studite

Already the fast has advanced and lays on us, brethren, the task of pressing on eagerly again and again to what follows as each has chosen, not reluctantly or under constraint; for "God loves a cheerful" faster [1 Cor. 9:7; St Paul, of course, has ‘giver’]. Except that the coenobitic rule does not let each one act according to their own will; but this is the common limit of self-mastery for those living in obedience: the cutting of their own will. Fasting then is good, because it tames the passions and subjects the flesh to the spirit; weeping is good, because it wipes clean and washes the heart of sins and sets it pure before the Lord; prayer is good, because it gives the mind wings and makes it a companion of God; love is good, because it disregards what concerns itself for the advantage of the neighbour; zeal is good, because it lightens toils and makes the spirit young, as it makes the elder young again. Therefore let us become cheerful, let us be eager. The moment for psalmody? Let us advance keenly. The moment for work? Let us work earnestly. The moment for stillness? Let us be still reasonably. The time for talk? Let us talk suitably. And to speak simply, doing "everything decently and in order"[1 Cor. 14:40], as we have been instructed; let us remain outside tumult and all idle chatter. Let the measure of genuflexions be completed and the customary recitation be fulfilled, according to each one’s power, while watch is kept over the body’s health. And would that the God of peace might bring us to the queen of days, to the resurrection of Christ, and make us worthy of the kingdom of heaven, where there is "no food and drink, but justice and peace and joy," as it is written, "in the Holy Spirit" [Rom. 14:17]. Would that we might share in them richly, in Christ Jesus our Lord, to whom be glory and might, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and always and to the ages of ages. Amen.

(This lesson was found here.)

Questions
1. What is the most important verse in the Scripture selection? Why?
2. Why would God love a "cheerful faster"?
3. St Theodore says, Therefore let us become cheerful, let us be eager. What virtues and their outcomes does he encourage? Are these hard to do? Why or why not?

To receive 1 credit for this study, please email your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 12, 2010. May your learning be blessed!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Lesson for Lent: The Prayer of St Ephraim

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!
Proverbs 10:1-22

Lesson
The Prayer of St Ephraim

Questions
1. In the Scripture, what is contrasted?
2. There are also contrasts in St Ephraim's prayer. How do these relate to the Scripture?
3. Why do you think St Ephraim's prayer is especially prayed at Lent?

To receive 1 credit for this study, send your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 19, 2010. May your study be blessed!

Monday, March 1, 2010

Lesson for Lent: A Homily for the Beginning of Lent

First, my apologies, dear Readers, for missing a few days of lessons. I will be "back posting" them over the next few days. Thank you for your patience!

Scripture
Glory to You, O Lord, glory to You!
Genesis 6: 9-22
Genesis 7: 1-5

Lesson
A Homily for the Beginning of Lent
A podcast by Fr. Thomas Hopko

Questions
1. In the story of the Flood, the Lord was very angry. Yet He showed mercy. How? And how is Lent a time of mercy?
2. It rained on earth for 40 days to cleanse it from sin. How does this relate to the 40 days of Lent?
3. What encouragement can we glean from the homily?

To receive 1 credit for this lesson, email your answers to else10(at)gmail(d0t)com by March 7, 2010. May your learning be blessed!