Sanctification of Life

The Orthodox Mysteries (Sacraments)

Information and Readings for Auditors

Course Syllabus

Required Texts

  • Alexander Schmemann, For the Life of the World (St Vladimir’s Seminary Press)

Course Format: In Person or Online

The course meets on Mondays from 7pm to 9pm in Larkin 340.

The Zoom link for those following online is: https://bit.ly/trp3115

Week 1: Introduction to the Course and Sacramental Theology

Topics

  • course overview, format, expectations, and resources
  • theology and problematics of the holy mysteries (sacraments)

Readings

Week 1 Recording

Week 2: The Mysteries of Initiation: Baptism and Chrismation I

Topics

  • sacrament, symbol, grace, and further sacramental problematics
  • baptism and chrismation in the New Testament and early church
  • historical development of the catechumenate and mysteries of initiation

Readings for Class Discussion

Optional Reading

 

Week 2 Recording

Week 3: The Mysteries of Initiation: Baptism and Chrismation II

Topics

  • detailed study of the services of baptism and chrismation
  • the method of theological reflection on liturgy

Readings for Class Discussion

Week 3 Recording

Week 4: The Mysteries of Initiation: Baptism and Chrismation III

Week 5: The Mystery of Confession (Repentance)

Week 6: The Mystery of Crowning (Marriage)

Topics

  • marriage in the New Testament and early church
  • historical development of marriage
  • detailed study of the services of betrothal and crowning
  • theological reflection, contemporary issues and renewal

Seminar: Marina Ghebrial

Readings for Class Discussion

Additional Reading

Week 6 Recording

Week 7: The Mysteries of Holy Orders

Topics

  • ministry in the New Testament and early church
  • historical development of the threefold order of ministry (bishops, presbyters, deacons)
  • detailed study of and theological reflection on the services of holy orders
  • minor orders (subdeacons, readers) including deprecated orders (chanters, etc.)
  • contemporary issues and renewal, including revival of a female diaconate

Seminar: Haig Chahinian

Readings for Class Discussion

Additional Reading

Week 8: The Mystery of the Anointing of the Sick

Topics

  • illness and healing in the New Testament and early church
  • historical development of the mystery of anointing
  • detailed study of the service of anointing
  • theological reflection
  • contemporary issues and renewal

Readings for Class Discussion

 

Week 8 Recording