Catechism 


What does God require in the ninth and tenth commandments?

    Ninth, that we do not lie or deceive, but speak the truth in love. Tenth, that we are content, not envying anyone or resenting what God has given them or us.

    James 2:8

    If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well.

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    What is the law of God stated in the Ten Commandments?

      You shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below—you shall not bow down to them or worship them. You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Honor your father and your mother. You shall not murder. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not give false testimony. You shall not covet.

      Exodus 20:3 and Deuteronomy 5:7

      You shall have no other gods before me.

      Merry Christmas 


      ​Luke 2:1-20

      In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.  And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear. And the angel said to them, Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us. And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them. But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.  

      Merry Christmas to you and may God bless you in the coming year. 

      Second Sunday in Advent 


       Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!  Psalm 80:1,3,14,17

      This psalm reflects both the anticipation of Christ’s incarnation and the coming again of Christ on the  Last Day when he comes in glory to judge the living and the dead.  Both in some ways are fearful and wonderful things.  Consider the message of the angel to the shepherds on that night; Fear Not! (Luke 2:10)  Here the incarnation is a cause of rejoicing and wonder as the second person of the Trinity takes on flesh.

        But there will come another time when the incarnate Word arrives this time with all his glory and ” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” which is both a fearful and wonderful thing.  

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      Q. 148  What does your conclusion to this prayer mean?

      A.  “For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever” means,  We have made all these requests of you because, as our all-powerful king, you not only want to, but are able to give us all that is good; and because your holy name, and not we ourselves, should receive all the praise, forever.

      Rom. 10:11-13; 2 Pet. 2:9

      Ps. 115:1; John 14:13

      Q. 149  What does that little word “Amen” express?

      A.  “Amen” means, This is sure to be!  It is even more sure that God listens to my prayer, than that I really desire what I pray for.

      Isa. 65:24; 2 Cor. 1:20; 2 Tim. 2:13

      And this is the last Question and Answer of the Orthodox Catechism written by Hercule Collins.