Catechism

Catechism

If you are interested in the Orthodox Christian faith and would like to learn more, please contact Father George at fr.george@saintharalambosgoc.org

How Do I become an Orthodox Christian?

Becoming Orthodox is an intimate process that involves commitment and engagement. If you are interested in the Orthodox Christian faith, we encourage your attendance at the Divine Liturgy, seminars, spiritual and social events of our parish and other Orthodox Christian parishes.

We typically offer classes on Saturdays, bi-monthly, from 9:30 am to 11:15 am. If this time does not work for you, please contact Father George and he will do his best to accommodate your schedule.

In addition to assigned readings, the catechumen is expected to attend Divine Liturgy often and whenever possible. There are also preparatory services during Holy and Great Lent that the student is required to attend.

The books we use in the Catechism class are:

  • The Faith: An Orthodox Catechism by Clark Carlton
  • The Orthodox Study Bible
  • Introducing the Orthodox Church by Father Anthony Coniaris

What is a Catechumen?

A catechumen (Greek: κατηχούμενος) is a person who is preparing for baptism in the Church. Today, a catechumen can also refer to someone who is preparing for chrismation.

In ancient times, the catechumen often prepared for this conversion for as much as three years. It included participation in divine service and formal instruction from a teacher.

Today, catechetical instruction does not typically last three years, which was common in the time of Saint John Chrysostom. It typically can last from six months to a year, and it also depends on the level of spiritual maturity of the catechumen. As a standard, we try to meet about ten to twelve times throughout the year.

Suggested Reading:

  • The Orthodox Study Bible
  • The Way or The Truth by Clark Carlton
  • The Orthodox Way by Bishop Kallistos Ware
  • The Way of a Pilgrim