GROUP AGE  A  5 – 8 years

 

 

First Year / 2013-2014

   Second Year / 2014 - 2015

Third Year/ 2015-2016

September

God, the Father – My father and the Creator of the universe.

 Jesus Christ--the Son of God

 

Good counsel!- The Prayer at the beginning of work

Prayer of Thanking God (Thanksgiving Prayer to God) at the end of day's work (prayers selected by teachers to be memorized by children).

The Bible --The Word of God (general presentation)

The Lord's Prayer (brief explanation ; memorizing the text

October

We are Christians (what does this mean? -we love Jesus, we are baptized, we attend Church services, we use the sign of the cross)

The sign of the Holy Cross. (meaning/significance, the description of the movements, practice)

The Church --The House of God –   (understanding the Holy Church, the description of the Church's parts; the significance and the proper use of the Holy Church;  ritualistic and symbolic value of objects used within our worship).

The little Christian in Church  –Church Etiquette (the way we should dress; entering the church and the veneration of the holy icons; the  lightening of candles; the writing of requests  for prayers (pomelnic); the blessing and the eating of the blessed bread distributed at the end of the Divine Liturgy, and so on)

The Birth of Jesus.

Jesus' childhood. Jesus at the Temple

November

The prayer at the entrance in the classroom- ”Heavenly Father Prayer”

The birth of Jesus Christ. How do we celebrate the birth of Jesus?

Practical activities: (selected by the teacher.)

-drawing a church on paper or building/decorating a church out of cardboard;

-framing an icon (using techniques accessible to children)

Saint Nicholas --the children's friend (his life and miracles)

 

The Birth of Jesus.

Jesus' childhood. Jesus at the Temple.

St. John the Baptist (the birth of St. John the Baptist ;

His mission)

The Baptism of Jesus-The opening of Heavens, the dove-like descent of the Holy Spirit,

and the voice from Heaven proclaiming, "This is my beloved son, in

Whom I am well pleased." The Beginning of Jesus' public ministry.

The Apostles – the friends of Jesus

December

The preparation of Christmas celebration (carols, poems, traditions)

Christmas Celebration

Activity: making and decorating St. Nicholas’s boot.

The preparation of Christmas celebration (carols, poems, traditions)

Birth of Christ in Romania

The preparation of Christmas celebration (carols, poems, traditions

Christmas Celebration

January

God made Heaven and Earth (Genesis: the description of the days of the Genesis)

Nature – the gift of God to us. Discussions and presentations/short lectures on our duties toward nature.

Cain and  Abel –  envy and its consequences

God loves everyone.

Noah and the Flood (God repays our deeds)

The Multiplication of the Loaves and Fish

The raising of Jairus's  daughter

Let's be merciful! (– definition, examples, readings and exercises).

 

February

God created the angels.

Good angels and bad angels.

Our guardian angel. The prayer ”Îngerașul

Practical activity: designing and making/assembling an angel.

 

The tower of Babel. The consequences of evil deeds

Abraham's faith and obedience to the Divine command

Moral  readings on good and bad behavior and the effects  of these two types of conduct

Palm Sunday: The Jesus' triumphant entrance in Jerusalem

Palm Sunday carol (Azi, cu toți prăznuim!”)

The Last Supper

March

God created Adam and Eve.

The disobedience/transgression of our first parents and its consequences.

The obedience of children to parents (What does the Bible say about children obeying their parents? Why do children have to obey their parents?) a parallel to the obedience of man to God: moral readings and discussions on this theme.

The Holy Forty Martyrs. Romanian traditions. (Activity: preparation and tasting of traditional Romanian  "mucenici" )

The sacrificial  love for God and   its people

Jesus' Passions

 (the Prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane; Judas's betrayal; the trial and passions of Jesus)

 

The Death and Burial of Jesus

April

The great Lent –the time of preparation  for the feast of Resurrection of Christ

The Resurrection of Christ. Romanian traditions (Romanian Easter Egg Painting).

The Resurrection of Christ. Romanian Easter (Easter Egg Painting)

The Resurrection of Christ. Romanian Easter  traditions

 (the blessing of the houses; traditional dishes; the get-together of god parents and god children; the soul renewal thru Holy Sacraments)

 

Mai

The icon of Mary, the mother of Jesus (Theotokos) 

The Life of the Virgin Mary and her obedience to God.

Singing Prayer : (”Holy Virgin, mother of God, pray for us") ("Preasfântă Născătoare de Dumnezeu, miluiește-ne pe noi!”

 

Abraham and Isaac – example of love and obedience

The love between children and parents

The Children's prayer for their parents (text  selected by the teacher.)

The Apparitions of the Risen Jesus

The Ascension

The Pentecost (Rusaliile) the descendent of the Holy Spirit

40 days after Easter

June

Final Review

Final Review

Final Review

 

GROUP AGE  B 9 – 13 years

 

 

First Year / 2013-2014

Second Year / 2014 - 2015

Third Year/ 2015-2016

September

Opening of the new year

The Bible or the Holy Scripture--general introduction

How do we read the Bible? Exercises of searching a certain passage in the Bible

Opening of the new year

 

The Church's Holy Services (definition, classification)

Opening of the new year

The Holy Mysteries or Sacraments – 

definition, classification, those who give

and those who receive the Sacraments .

October

God made the Heaven and Earth

God created the angels and the first man

The Church--Its parts

The Church--religious objects used during various services

T he Holy Mystery of Baptism

T he Holy Mystery of Christmation

November

The transgression of the first people, the disobedience to God and his will

Cain and Abel-the good man and the evil one

Major feasts of the Orthodox Church – definition, classification, and significance.

The Saints--Mediators between God and the faithful

The Holy Mystery of Confession

The Holy Mystery of Eucharist

December

Moses. God gives Moses The Ten Commandments on Sinai Mountain.

Christmas Celebration

St. Andrew

St. Nicholas

Christmas Celebration

The Holy Mystery of Marriage

Christmas Celebration

January

The Ten Commandments

– our duties to God, part 1

 

The Ten Commandments

– our duties to God, part 2

 

The importance/result of prayers-

The Birth of St. John the Baptist

Jesus' Baptism

The Holy Mystery of Ordination

The Holy Mystery of Unction

February

 The Ten Commandments

– our duties to our neighbor, part 1

 

The Ten Commandments

– our duties to our neighbor, part 2

Exercises on the Ten Commandments (good deeds and bad deeds and their consequences)

 

Holy Empresses: Helena, Olga, Theodora, and Catherine

Holy Emperors: David, Constantine, Theodosius,  Justinian

The Holy Sacraments--Review

Lord's Prayer

 

Explanation of the seven requests

March

The Resurrection

Review for the Olympiad

Religious Olympiad –parish stage

 

The Holy Cross: the sign of the Cross and its spiritual meaning

Review for the Olympiad

Religious Olympiad –parish stage

 

Review for the Olympiad

Religious Olympiad –parish stage

 

April

Lamentation for Christ

Review for the Religious Olympiad.

The Religious Olympiad – metropolitan stage

Sunday--.The weekly celebration of Christians.

Review for the Religious Olympiad.

The Religious Olympiad – metropolitan stage

Review for the Religious Olympiad.

The Religious Olympiad – metropolitan stage

The Passions and Resurrection of Christ.

Romanian Easter

May

The Resurrection of Christ.

 

The Day of the Romanian Heroes

 

The Descent of the Holy Spirit and the foundation of the Church

Saint Philothea –the little girl loving all people.

The saints-the real friends of young people

The Symbol of Faith--understanding and

memorizing  the articles

June

Final review

Final review

Final review

 

 

 

GROUP AGE  C - 14 – 18 years

 

 

First Year / 2013-2014

Second Year / 2014 - 2015

Third Year/ 2015-2016

September

 The opening of the school year

God, the Creator

The opening of the school year

God, the Judge

The opening of the school year

The Creed--the synthesis of teachings of faith (definition, understanding how the Creed was created/composed)

The Creed lecture on the content units;memory exercises on the Creed

 

Octombrie

The creation of the visible world; The days of the Creation according to the Bible (according to the Biblical account)

The creation of man. The life of the first people in Eden.

The Partial Judgment

The Signs of Parousia (Christ's Second Coming)

Final Judgment

Teachings on the Holy Trinity in the Creed

-First Article: God, the Father

-God the Son (articles 2-7)

November

The fall of the first people (understanding the event; the concept of original sin; the personal sin as reflection/repetition of the original sin)

The goal of Christian life –living  a perfectly virtuous life; emulating  God, our creator;

The new Law– The Beatitudes (general presentation, the relationship with the Ten Commandments; memorizing  the Beatitudes)

God, the Holy Ghost (article 8)

-the communion between  God and people in the church  (articles 9-10)

-the teaching of resurrection and the eternal life (articles 11-12).

December

The redeeming of man through the Incarnation of Jesus Christ. Jesus as God and man

Christmas Celebration

The description/ explanation of the Beatitudes: 1-3 (humility, repentance, meekness/kindness). Discuss the Beatitudes using examples

Christmas Celebration

The History of the Church

-The period of Ecumenical Councils –One true Church (centuries I-VIII)

-The Great Schism (1054) – the birth of Catholicism

The Birth of Christ. Christmas Celebration

January

The Holy Mysteries of the church

Holy Baptism

Explanation of the Beatitudes 4-6

Discussions based on examples

 - Luther's Reform and the birth of Protestantism

-Neo-protestant fractions/Churches

 

The Protestant Creed; similarities and differences between the Orthodox and the Protestant Creed

 

February

Holy Anointing

Holy Eucharist

Holy Marriage

Explanation of the Beatitudes 7-9

Love of God and thy neighbor– the new supreme law of the New Testament (Mark12, 30-31; John13, 34; Matthew7,12)

Review-The Beatitudes

The Creed of other religions

(Judaism, Islam, Hinduism: readings of the texts: similarities and differences)

 

Atheism, Deism, and nihilism

March

Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad--the parish stage level

Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad--the parish stage  level

Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad-the parish stage  level

April

Life of Virgin Mary-Theotokos

Feast days of the Virgin Mary-Theotokos

Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad--the metropolitan stage level

 

The reality of Jesus' Resurrection (scriptural, historical, and logical arguments). The Miracle of the Holy Light in Jerusalem that occurs every year on Holy Saturday, the day before Orthodox Easter

Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad--the metropolitan stage level

Objects of worship-the Icon, mainly  (the teaching , the meaning of the icons arrangement in the church, explanation  of the most important church  feast icons )

 Review for the Religious Olympiad

Religious Olympiad--the metropolitan stage level

May

The Holy Mystery of Ordination

 

The Holy Mystery of Unction

The parable of the Sower

The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector

The synodical and the communion principle between the Orthodox Churches

Organization of the Orthodox Church- Territorial Administrative units of the Orthodox Church and their leadership

June

Final review

Final review

Final review