Divine Worship and Spiritual Life.

Course Information
TitleΘεία Λατρεία και Πνευματική Ζωή. / Divine Worship and Spiritual Life.
SchoolSocial Theology and Christian Culture
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter
CoordinatorChrysostomos (ioannis) Nassis
Course ID600015769

Programme of Study: Orthodox Theology and Christian Culture

Registered students: 9
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
Biblical, Patriarchal, Hagiological and Religious StudiesElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
History, Doctrine, Philosophy and ArcheologyElective Courses belonging to the selected specialization3210
Applied TheologyCompulsory Course belonging to the selected specialization (Compulsory Specialization Course)3210

Class Information
Academic Year2022 – 2023
Class PeriodWinter
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Specific Foundation / Core
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
At the end of the semester, the student: 1. It can interpret the interdependent relationship between Mysteries and spiritual life. 2. He will know the content and the basic theological positions of Nicholas Kavasila, as it is expressed in his work "On the Life of Christ". 3. Can explain the positions of the Greek Fathers on the frequency and conditions for participation in the Divine Eucharist. 4. Will be able to develop Orthodox Christian teaching about the value and importance of fasting and morality for the spiritual life of believers.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Demonstrate social, professional and ethical commitment and sensitivity to gender issues
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
The relationship of worship and spirituality, mysteries as the axis of spiritual life, prayer, the times and the meaning of fasting and other similar issues will be examined during the semester. 1. Introduction to the lesson: Institution and charisma in Orthodox tradition 2. The mystery of Baptism as the foundation of spiritual life 3. The stages of spiritual finishing: purification-illumination-theosis 4. The relationship of common worship and private prayer 5. The New Prayer: Philology and hesychastic theology 6. About the life of Christ in Nicholas Kavasila 7. Aspects of the mystery of repentance and holy confession 8. Frequency and conditions of participation in the Eucharist A: the patristic teaching of the Byzantine period 9. Frequency and conditions of participation in the divine Eucharist B: The Collieva fathers 10. Ascetic tradition and functional testimony 11. The value and importance of fasting and temperance for the exercise of the faithful 12. Divine worship and spiritual life in the teaching of the modern Fathers of the Church 13. Recap
Functional, Divine Worship, New Prayer, Fasting, Repentance-Confession, Baptism, Ascetic fathers, Nikolaos Kavasilas
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Multimedia
  • Book
Course Organization
Reading Assigment100
Field trips and participation in conferences / seminars / activities20
Written assigments90
Student Assessment
• Presentation in the course (Formative) • Written Work (Concluding)
Student Assessment methods
  • Written Exam with Extended Answer Questions (Formative)
  • Written Assignment (Summative)
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