Upon successful completion of the course instruction, students will be able to:
1. Liturgically and pastorally employ the Church’s Daily Office as well as the fixed and movable festal cycle.
2. Trace the relationship between worship and holiness.
3. Study the Synaxarion of the Church with reference to today.
4. To compare the theological and liturgical content of Sunday, as the dominant day of the week, in relation to the rest of the weekly cycle.
5. To recognize the beneficial effect of Worship is-à-vis the sanctification of a person’s being as well as that of the entire Body of Christ, which is constituted in worship.
Course Content (Syllabus)
The chosen course examines the issue that Worship and Holiness coexist in the life of the Church, coexist and surround each other. It is also found that Divine worship becomes the true and genuine laboratory of holiness, but also sanctified life is the guarantee of "spiritual and true" rational worship, which prevents any trace of paganism and superstition from the ethos and faith of the Eucharist. of the body of Christ, composed of the members of the Church. In addition, the course shows that the sanctification of the time of human life takes place at night, weekly and annually, mobile or stationary, liturgical cycle of the services, the feasts of the despots and the memories of the eminent saints. Thus, it is found that these festive stations, in the context of the liturgical time, represent the past and the future as functional events and experiences of the present. That is, it is the place and the way of the orthodox liturgical tradition for the sanctification of the crew of the Church.
In particular, the 13 teaching units of the course are structured as follows:
1. Introductory issues.
2. Functional life-Functioned people.
3. The liturgical and pastoral utilization of the times of prayer (followers of the day and night).
4. Memories and functional content of the six days of the week (Monday-Saturday).
5. The resurrection despotic Sunday.
6. Historical report and theological context of the Christmas-Epiphany cycle.
7. Hymnographic and experiential view of the "Easter" of Winter (Christmas-Circumcision-Epiphany).
8. Functional course of Lent in the context of the lilac cycle.
9. Beginning of the Trinity-Resurrection. Brief hymnographic view.
10. The worship culmination of Holy Week.
11. Ascension and Pentecost.
12. Historical context, theological content and hymnographic richness of the feast of the Transfiguration of Christ.
13. Consolation study and apprenticeship in the memories of the prominent events and saints of the immovable liturgical cycle.
Additional bibliography for study
Ι. Φουντούλης, Λειτουργική Α΄:Εισαγωγή στη Θεία Λατρεία, Θεσσαλονίκη 1993.
Αρχιμ. Νικόδημος Σκρέττας, Ασθένεια και θεραπεία στην Παρακλητική Υμνογραφία της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, [Κανονικά και Λειτουργικά 11], Θεσσαλονίκη 2018.
Π. Β. Πάσχος, Άγιοι, οι φίλοι του Θεού. Εισαγωγή στην Αγιολογία της Ορθοδόξου Εκκλησίας, εκδ. Αρμός, Αθήνα 2004.