These books work together to instruct the basics of Orthodox Christian belief and Orthodox Christian living. “What is a catechism?” you may ask. Catechism comes from a Greek word meaning “to teach or inform.” Saint Luke’s Gospel was written in order to confirm to Theophilus “the things of which you have been informed” (Luke 1:4). The Bible text primarily used in the lessons is the Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha. The Apocryphal books were used by the early Church and are still used by the Orthodox Church.
Fr. Hopko’s Introduction describes Joy’s book as a powerfully dynamic description of how we can participate in Christ’s victory over the devil, darkness, disease and death. She describes in detail the many tools (eleven in number) that Christ provides for us to be not victims but “overcomers,” describing in detail what St. Paul calls, “the whole armor of God.” She is constrained to expose and analyze, in starkest and most vivid detail, our ceaseless warfare with the devil and his evil angels, as she describes the powerful arsenal God makes available to us that we may share forever in Christ’s invincible victory.
A Service Guide of the Ancient Christian Faith, this book contains the Hours of Prayer for those who desire to pray according to the Orthodox Christian rule and tradition. It has been specially prepared for the benefit of prisoners by our Department of Prison Ministry and conforms to the current Antiochian practice in this country. This Book of the Hours of Prayer is hereby approved and authorized for the use of all faithful Orthodox Christians.
Fasting and Great Lent, Beliefs and Practices, Prayers for Today Traditional guidelines for observing fasting and Great Lent, beliefs and practices, morning and evening prayers of the ancient Christian faith.
This book is a collection of writings of the ancient Christian faith. It includes prayers, creeds and historical accounts as well as insights from various Saints, Bishops and Priests.