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What is a catechism? The word is derived from the Greek verb katechein, a compound verb that means "I echo downward" or "I shout from the top." Consequently, catechism is a sounding from above. What does that really mean? To put it plainly, it means that the voice is from Heaven. The voice of God. But does God speak to us and is He present during catechetical lessons? Do we actually hear God's own voice? Without any doubt God is present, since He is always present anywhere and everywhere. During catechetical lessons God speaks to us through the mouth of the catechist. If we look at this more closely, catechism is the systematic teaching that teaches us what we should believe, how we should believe it, and how we should behave; that is, what our conduct should be and our deeds, and how we as Christians should worship God in order to be worthy of the name of Christian.


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The Longer Catechism of The Orthodox, Catholic, Eastern Church - also known as the Catechism of St. Philaret (Drozdov) of Moscow, is taken from The Creeds of Christendom with a History and Critical Notes by Philip Schaff. The entire book is available online at the Christian Classics Ethereal Library.

An Orthodox Catechism - from the web site of the Orthodox Metropolitanate of Hong Kong anx Southeast Asia, Ecumenical Patriarchate (Church of Constantinople).

Catechism of the Eastern Orthodox Church - By the Rev. Constas H. Demetry, D. D. This book was reprinted and condensed by permission of Helen Nichols and Danny Demetry, daughter and son of the late Rev. Constas H. Demetry of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Fort Lauderdale, FL.

These Truths We Hold - The Holy Orthodox Church: Her Life and Teachings - Compiled and edited by A Monk of St. Tikhon's Monastery. South Canaan, PA: St. Tikhon's Seminary Press,1986.

Orthodox Catechisms in English - A Comprehensive list of books in print from Orthodox Wiki.

Orthodox Catechism - Basic Teachings of the Orthodox Faith by Metropolitan Archbishop Sotirios. It is an excellent publication of The Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Toronto (Canada).

The Orthodox Catechism - A complete catechism provided by Holy Trinity Romanian Orthodox Church in Los Angeles, CA, as compiled by the Vary Rev. Constantin Alecse.

Orthodox Catechism - From the web site of the Orthodox Christian Foundation.

An Online Orthodox Catechism - adopted from The Mystery of Faith by Bishop Hilarion Alfeyev.

The Orthodox Faith - The series The Orthodox Faith is intended to provide basic, comprehensive information on the faith and the life of the Orthodox Church for the average reader. The author is Fr. Thomas Hopko, Dean Emeritus of St. Vladimir's Seminary, Crestwood, NY. These articles are available as a set of four books -- commonly known as the Rainbow Series and available for purchase from the Orthodox Christian Publications Center.


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