Coffee Hour Discussion Starter

Office of Educational Services – CHDS No.1



1 . The term “Liturgy” refers to:
a) Public service
b) Public worship
c) Both the above
d) Neither of the above
2 . The basic aspects of human nature expressed in liturgy are:
a) The need for individual self expression
b) The need to come together
c) The need to worship
d) The need for non-verbal expressions
3 . The term “hours” refers to:
a) The ‘cathedral ‘ services of vespers and matins
b) The all-night vigil services
c) The brief services prayed every few hours during the day
d) The monastic services of compline and midnight prayer during the night hours
4 . The chief offices of the Byzantine Churches are:
a) Orthros and matins
b) Matins and vespers
c) Great Compline and the Great Hours
d) Vespers and the Akathist
5 . The following observance (s) is/are not included among the Twelve Great Feasts:
a) Palm Sunday
b) Hypapante (Presentation of the Lord in the temple)
c) Immaculate Conception
d) Pascha
6 . The weekly commemorations include:
a) St. John the Baptist on Monday
b) The sufferings of Christ on Wednesday and Friday
c) The departed believers on Saturday
d) All the saints on Saturday
7 . The design and structure of Byzantine Churches is related to:
a) The Jewish Synagogue
b) The Jewish temple
c) The Greek Basilica
d) The Roman catacombs
8 . The design and placement of icons in the church building is meant to reflect in a visual way:
a) The effects of the Divine Liturgy and the Sacraments
b) The history of the Church in God’s loving plan
c) Our relationship to the mystery of God’s love
d) The relationship of clergy and people in the Church
9 . The bishop:
a) Presides over the Liturgy because he is the head of the Community.
b) Is head of the Community because he presides over the Liturgy.
c) Is head of the diocesan community, but not the parish community.
d) Is represented in the parish Liturgy only by the priest he has sent.
10 . Thy mystery of holy orders (priesthood) includes the offices of:
a) Patriarch, bishop, and priest
b) Bishop, priest, and deacon
c) Bishop, archpriest, and priest
d) Priest, deacon, and subdeacon
11 . The proper celebrant of the Divine Liturgy is/are:
a) The bishop surrounded by his priests and deacons
b) The Clergy and the people together
c) Christ
d) The chief of the concelebrating clergy
12 . The Divine Liturgy commemorates and makes present:
a) The Sacrifice of the Cross
b) Christ’s death and resurrection
c) Christ’s whole earthly life
d) The entire saving mystery of Christ, past and future


1. The Blessed Virgin Mary is called __________________________.
2 . Our homes are properly called ______________churches.
3 . We are initiated into the family of God when we ___ ______________.
4 . ___________________ is the more common Eastern term for what the West calls sacraments
5 . The evening communion service held with vespers during the Great Fast is called the ___________________________.
6 . The series of prayers, beginning with the Trisagion (“Holy God . . . “) and ending with the Lord’s Prayer is called the ______________________________.
7 . A prayer shrine placed in the corner of a room, usually the eastward corner, as the focus for personal or family prayer is called ____________________________________.
8 . The author of the Divine Liturgy we celebrate most of the year is _________________________.
9 . Baptism includes _______________________– _______________________
10 . The word “Eucharist” means _________________________.
11 . What do we sing at the Great Entrance ________________________
12 . Where do the beatitudes come from?_____________________________
13 . Short hymns made up of verses taken from the Old Testament psalms, chanted by the choir and congregation are called ________________________
14 . The parents of the Virgin Mary are ________________-and _____________
15 . A brief chant expressing the event remembered on a feast which becomes the theme song of the feast is called a ________________________.


1 . The Church’s liturgy is completely distinct from the concerns of ordinary life.
2 . The liturgy is God’s normal way of sanctifying us
3 . The term kairos refers to purposeful time, such as the appropriate moment for action.
4 . The practice of praying at fixed times during the day began in the monasteries of the Middle Ages.
5 . The most ancient and important celebration of the Church year is Pascha
6 . The Great Fast is the only obligatory fasting season in our Church.
7 . The raised areas of the church where the word of God is proclaimed is called the narthex.
8 . The iconostasis serve to remind us of both our separation from and union with God.
9 . The basic priesthood in the Church’s worship is that exercised by the bishop.
10 . The priesthood of the faithful is exercised by each believer, both individually and corporately.
11 . The Eucharistic Liturgy is the continuation of the Old Testament’s Temple sacrifices.
12 . The Divine Liturgy is our entry into the perpetual self-offering of Christ the High Priest.


1 What takes place during the singing of the Cherubic Hymn?
A The Little Entrance
B The Creed
C The Great Entrance
2 Liturgy means:
A Public worship
B Common work or common action
C The work of all of God’s people
D All of the above
3 What Feast is celebrated on February 2?
A Valentine’s Day
B The Encounter
C Hypapanty
4 The Feast of the Encounter occurs:
A 40 days after Christmas
B February 20
C January 6
5 What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Encounter?
A The first meeting of Jesus, God and man, with His people
B The recognition of the baby Jesus as the Messiah
C Joachim and Anna recognize Jesus as the Messiah
D All of the above
6 The two candle candleholders used by the bishop are called?
A Dikerion
B Candlebra
C Menorah
D Trikerion
7 Which Father of the Church said: “God became man that man might become God”?
A St. StAthanasius
B. St. Basil the Great
C St. John Chrysostom
8 The form of the Liturgy celebrated on most Sundays and feast days is the Liturgy of:
A. St. James
B St. John Chrysostom
C St Basil the Great
9. The Apostle connected with the apostolic see of Constantinople is:
A. St. Mark
B. St. Andrew
C. St. James
9 Who was the Apostle who connected with the establishment of the see of Alexandria?
A St. Mark
B St. Matthew
C St Peter
10 Name the Apostle connected with the apostolic see of Jerusalem:
A St. James
B St John
C St Mark
11 Name the twelve Apostles?
A Andrew, Matthias, James, Peter, Jude, Simon, Judas Iscariot, Bartholomew, Matthew, John, Philip, Thomas.
B Andrew Barnabas, Simon, Jude, Mathias, James, John, Philip, Peter, Thomas, Judas Iscariot,
C Andrew, James, Peter, Paul, Jude, Simon, Judas Iscariot, Bartholomew, Mathew, John, Philip, Thomas
12 The evening service consisting of psalms, hymns, biblical canticles and litanies is called?
A Matins
B Vespers
C Orthros

Answers: (1-C;, 2-D, 3-C, 4-A, 5-A+B, 6-A, 7-A;, 8-B, 8-B, 9-A, 10-1< 11-A, 12-B)