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    A Visual Catechismb Met. Hierotheos

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    1. The Creation1. God created the whole world in five da s...

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    2. On the sixth day He created man...

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    3. He placed him in paradise.

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    II. The fall of man

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    4. On the sixth day He created man...

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    7/685. They lost their communion with God...

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    8/686. They came out of Paradise...

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    9/687. The exile began...

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    10/688. Thus came death into their life...

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    11/68III. The incarnation of the Word

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    12/689. The Son and Word of God became man...

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    13/6810. Christ is God-man: He is perfect God and perfect man...

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    11. Therefore He is the one and only Savior of men...

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    12. He is a shepherd, physician, father, brother and friend.

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    IV. Christs life and work

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    13. Christ was born of the Virgin Mary as man in Bethlehem

    durin the rule of Caesar Au ustus...

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    14. He lived in our circumstances...

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    15. He taught the people...

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    16. He performed miracles...

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    17. He suffered and was crucified for mans salvation...

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    18. He rose, abolishing death...

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    19. He ascended into heaven...

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    20. He sent the Holy Spirit...

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    21. We see all these things in Holy Scripture...

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    22. The Old Testament prophesies them, the New

    Testament describes them.

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    V. The Triune God

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    23. Christ revealed to us that God is Triune: Father, Son and

    Hol S irit...

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    24. We do not understand this with our reason, but it is a

    matter of revelation...

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    25. We live in the Church, we keep Christs commandments

    and so we gain knowledge of the Triune God from His

    energies, just as we gain knowledge of the sun from its rays.

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    VI. The Church

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    26. On the day of Pentecost the Holy Spirit descended and

    the disci les became members of the bod of Christ...

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    27. Thus we have the Church as the Body of Christ...

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    28. There are many images to show what the Church is,

    such as the shepherd, the Kingdom, the wedding, the

    vine, etc. ...

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    29. The saints and all who live sacramentally and wish to

    become saints belon to the Church...

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    30. It is only in the Church that we can be saved...

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    31. Outside the Orthodox Church there are heresies, as

    well as other reli ions...

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    32. There are three basic sacraments: Baptism, Chrismation

    and the Hol Eucharist...

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    33. In addition to these there are confession, ordination,

    marria e and unction...

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    34. Through baptism we reject Satan and are united

    with Christ...

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    35. Through the Holy Eucharist we partake of the Body and

    Blood of Christ...

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    36. We should commune frequently, after suitable

    re aration...

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    37. In the Divine Liturgy we experience communion with

    Christ and our brothers...

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    38. The Orthodox Church includes the Patriarchates

    (Ecumenical, Alexandrian, Antiochian, Jerusalem, Russian,

    Serbian, Romanian, Bulgarian), the Autocephalous and

    autonomous Churches, Dioceses and Parishes.

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    VII. The holy Temple, a church

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    39. The place where the members of the Church gather to

    worshi God and to ra is called a hol Tem le, a church...

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    40. In a church many services and sacraments take place,

    such as Vespers, Matins, and Divine Liturgy, all the

    sacraments, parakleses, akathists...

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    41. There are many liturgical object in the church...

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    42. The holy icons have great significance...

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    43. We should go to church often to have unity with Christ

    and our bretheren.

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    VIII. The Orthodox Clergy

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    44. The Clergy are fathers, shepherds, physicians...

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    45. There are three degrees of priesthood: Bishop, Priest

    and Deacon...

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    46. There are also other, lower church officials, such as the

    reader, the cantor, the ver er, etc. ...

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    47. Many people assist in the celebration of the services

    and the administration of the church.

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    IX. The Abolishing of Death

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    48. Death was abolished by Christs Resurrection...

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    49. What is called death today is a sleep...

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    50. The places where the bodies of those who have fallen

    aslee are buried are called cemetaries...

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    51. The holy relics of the saints are proof that death has

    been abolished.

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    X. Resurrection of the dead and eternal life

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    52. Christ will come again to judge men...

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    53. This called the Second Coming...

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    54. The day when He will come is not known...

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    55. Our bodies will be raised; that is to say our souls will

    enter them, and there will be a ud ement, a tribunal...

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    56. After that, the Kingdom of God will begin for the

    righteous, who even now are enjoying it in part, as

    a pledge...

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    57. For the unrepentant there will be eternal Hell.

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    58. We live in the Orthodox Church, we keep Gods

    commandments, we take part in the sacraments in order to

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