This article was provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
Inspired by the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, the Orthodox Christian Network features Great Books, Music & Teaching Publications featured in the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog. The Catalog is a publication of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America Department of Religious Education. All items featured can be purchased by downloading the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog or by using use the fillable order form.
3 Great Orthodox ChristianBooks and Teaching Guides
Middle School and Junior High School Students
Looking to foster the faith of your Middle School and Junior High School Students?
“The Department of Religious Education has embarked on a new line of resources for teaching junior high and high school students. Called “zines” (from magazine), each one explores one topic of the Orthodox Christian Faith in easy-to-read bites of information and accompanying images, with many interactive elements, such as questions for reflection or things to look up in the Bible”.
Notably, “they are carefully designed to be used as classroom texts. The Teacher Guide for each zine is a comprehensive classroom unit of 4–6 thematic lessons. Each lesson’s activities and discussions lead students to a deeper understanding and active application of the short texts in the zine. The lessons follow the five- step “shared Christian praxis” format, described in the introduction to each guide: focusing activity, name present praxis, reflect on present praxis, access the Christian story and vision, appropriate the story and vision, and decision for lived response.
A partial list and summary of these excellent publications includes:
1. For Us a Child is Born by Anton Vrame (Student Zine) and Stephanie Gianulis (Teacher Guide)
- Unwrap the story of Christ’s birth to reveal the fullness of the Incarnation, beginning with the Annunciation and then the Nativity, ThTheophany and the Presentation of the Lord. The text unpacks the meaning of the celebration through iconography, Scripture, hymns, saints and traditions (such as the Vasilopita and home blessings). The Teacher Guide can be used flexibility during the entire holiday season! Lessons cover the many aspects of Christ’s Incarnation. (Age 10+)
2. Journey Through Great Lent by Stephanie Gianulis (Student Zine) and Aimee Ehrs (Teacher Guide)
- This nine-week unit spans the Great Fast with clear, vivid introductions to the season’s scriptures, traditions, saints, and services. The brief
- readings in the zines are a focal point in class- room lessons that include not only personal reflection and thoughtful discussion, but also interactive activities and projects to help students refuel. Journal assignments keep stu-
- dents focused all week long on the disciplines of the Great Fast: fasting, prayer, giving and learning. Includes an in-depth lesson on the Sacrament of Confession. (Age 12+)
3. Journey through Holy Week by Stephania Gianulis
- Follow Christ and the Church from the Saturday of Lazarus to the Agape Vespers service. The zine pinpoints the relevance and meanings of the services, hymns, Scripture, icons, traditions and history. In addition to the classroom, the zine can be used during retreats, in the church or at home. Each lesson in the Teacher Guide focuses on a theme: surprise and hope (Lazarus Saturday and Palm Sunday); living in preparation for meeting Christ (Bridegroom Services); and healing and wholeness (Holy Wednesday). (Age 10+)
How to Order from the Department of Religious Education
To learn more about these excellent publications and how to order, visit religioused.goarch.org; and view new releases and seasonal flyers, browse or download the Orthodox Christian Resource Catalog and fillable order forms. To order, call (800) 566-1088, fax (617) 850-1489 or email email@example.com.
Published on behalf of Dr. Anton C. Vrame, Phd, Director, Department of Religious Education.
Mission of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese
The mission of the Department of Religious Education is to serve the parishes and dioceses of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America by providing materials and services that will advance their programs of religious education.
The Department also serves individuals, organizations, military bases, ecumenical groups, and overseas parishes with catechetical resources that advance the spiritual admonition to:
“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ”
2 Peter 3:18
To learn more about the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, click here.
About the Department of Religious Education Director – Dr. Anton C Vrame
Anton C. Vrame, Ph.D., is Director of the Department of Religious Education of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He was appointed Director of the Department by His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios, effective January 1, 2007. Dr. Vrame is Adjunct Associate Professor of Religious Education at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology.
He is the author of The Educating Icon: Teaching Wisdom and Holiness in the Orthodox Way (Holy Cross Orthodox Press). In this book, he proposes a theory or theology of education for the Orthodox Christian Church based on the art, theology, and life of the Byzantine icon. He is also the editor of three other books, and the author of journal articles and chapters in books on Orthodox Christian Religious Education, published both in English and Greek.