Brief Catechism

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A Brief Catechism of the Orthodox Catholic Eastern Church

Compiled by Archimandrite Anthony (Repella)

Published By V. Rev. Basil J. Repella 1946

God's Blessing and my Approval to the usful Book.
+ METROPOLITAN THEOPHILUS
Archbishop of San Francisco, Metropolitan of all America and Canada.

 

I. INTRODUCTION

Q. 1. What is a Catechism?
A. A Catechism is a short exposition of the doctrines of the Lord Jesus Christ in questions and answers.
Q. 2. Why is the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ necessary for us?
A. The teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ is necessary for us because it leads us to God, to salvation, and to happiness.
Q. 3. How can we come near to God?
A. We can come near to God by thought, wish and deed.
Q. 4. Who comes to God by thought?
A. He who believes in God comes to Him by thought.
Q. 5. Who comes to God by wish?
A. He who prays to God comes to Him by wish.
Q. 6. Who comes near to God by deed?
A. He who fulfills the will and the Law of God comes near to Him by deed.
Q. 7. From where do we learn how to believe in God?
A. We may learn how to believe in God from the Creed.
Q. 8. From where do we learn how to pray?
A. We learn how to pray from the Lord's Prayer.
Q. 9. From where do we learn how to live according to the will and the Law of God?
A. We learn how to live according to the will and the Law of God from the TEN COMMANDMENTS.
Q. 10. Where is the teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ about happiness given?
A. The teaching of the Lord Jesus Christ about happiness is given in the BEATITUDES.
Q. 11. Why are you called a Christian?
A. I am called a Christian because I believe in Our Lord Jesus Christ.
Q. 12. Why are you called an Orthodox Christian?
A. I am called an Orthodox Christian because I believe according to the teaching of the Orthodox Church of Christ.
Q. 13. What does the word "Orthodox" (Pravoslavni) mean?
A. The word "Orthodox" (pravoslavni) means "rightly believing," the right way of glorifying God, the right doctrine, the right way of serving God; in other words, it is the true Faith, without admixture of error, as it has been handed down from God and our Lord Jesus Christ.

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