Melkite Challenge 2004 – Set #2

Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3


1. Complete the following sentence: If anyone says “I love God” but
__________ his brother, he is a _________________.”
A. hates, liar
2. Who were the first children of Adam and Eve?
A. Cain and Abel
3. Why did Cain attack his brother Abel and kill him?
A. He was jealous of his brother
4. What did Cain say when the Lord asked him “Where is your brother?”
A. “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
5. Name one of the saints who are called “wonder-worker” because of the miracles God performed through him?
A. St. Nicholas Bishop of Myra, St. Spiridon, etc.
6. Which of the apostles is seen carrying the Scriptures?
A. Saint Paul
7. Which of the apostles is seen carrying the Keys of the Kingdom?
A. Saint Peter
8. Who were the first disciples?
A. Peter and his brother Andrew
9. What do we celebrate on Theophany?
A. The revelation of the Holy Trinity and the manifestation of Christ to the world. The beginning of His public life.
10. What is the name of the parable in which the rich man’s son says “Give me what is mine.”
A. The Parable of the Prodigal Son.
11. What are the signs of new life we receive in Baptism?
A. The water, white robe and candle.
12. What happens in Chrismation?
A. We receive the gift of the Holy Spirit, who dwells in us and makes us His living temples. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life and we are sealed in our new life with the Holy Spirit.
13. How do we become members of the people of God?
A. Through Baptism.
14. Why is Holy Communion so important?
A. Holy Communion is the bread of life. It makes Jesus present to us and gives us nourishment. It will bring us to eternal life.
15. What are three things that unite us to God?
A. Prayer, Fasting, and the holy Mysteries.
16. What is the greatest commandment?
A. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.
17. What are the first three Commandments?
A. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have other Gods before Me. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
18. What are the last seven Commandments? (Note to teachers: you may choose to ask students to name the Commandments one by one, or all Ten at once. This division into groups of three and seven is purely for convenience.)
A. Honor your Father and mother. You shall not kill. You shall not commit adultery. You shall not steal. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor. You shall not covet y our neighbor’s wife. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
19. Name two reasons why we pray.
A. When we pray we talk to God, praise Him , thank Him for His many blessings and ask Him for help.
20. What is our privilege as God’s people?
A. We can call God “Our Father.”
21. What is our responsibility as God’s people? (Note: This question may have several possible answers.)
A. We must stay close to God.
22. What do we remember in the Diving Liturgy?
A. We remember all that Jesus did for our salvation, particularly The Last Supper of the Lord.
23. In what two ways do we receive Jesus at the Divine Liturgy?
A. We receive Jesus through the words of the Gospel. We receive Jesus in Holy Communion.
24. What does Jesus want us to do when we have sinned?
A. To ask forgiveness of Jesus. The Priest gives us a special blessing called absolution as a sign of our reconciliation with God.
25. What is the name of the Mystery in which we ask forgiveness?
A. Repentance


1. What mystery involves the use of water, a lighted candle, a white garment, and oil?
A: Baptism.
2. What mystery gives us the seal of the gift of the Holy Spirit?
A: Chrismation.
3. In what mystery do we become participants in Christ’s Mystical Supper?
A: The Holy Eucharist.
4. In what mystery are our sins forgiven by Christ?
A: Repentance (Confession or Reconciliation.)
5. In what mystery is the eternal union of a man and a woman blessed?
A: Matrimony.
6. Who can receive the mystery of Holy Oil?
A: A Christian desiring to be healed of illness.
7. What mystery ordains bishops, priests, and deacons for the service of the Church?
A: Holy Orders.
8. What is the collective name given to the first five books of the Bible?
A: The Pentateuch.
9. When did St. Nicholas live?
A: In the fourth century.
10. To what does St. Paul compare the Christian household?
A: He compares it to the Church.
11. How does St. Paul define love?
A: It is patient, kind, not jealous, never rude, doesn’t rejoice in wrong, and never fails.
12. What is Moses holding in the icon of the Transfiguration?
A: The tablets of the Law.
13. Which three apostles appear in the icon of the Transfiguration?
A: Peter, James, and John.
14. What does Christ’s Passion show?
A: That He took upon Himself every humiliation and sin of mankind.
15. The Son of God became like us in everything except one thing. What is it?
A: Sin.
16. What Feast celebrates the revelation of the Holy Trinity?
A: The Feast of Theophany.
17. Who are the three most famous Fathers of the Eastern Church?
A: St. Basil the Great, St. Gregory the Theologian, and St. John Chrysostom.
18. What are the processes called by which we learn self-control and dedication to God?
A: Prayer and fasting.
19. Recite the Jesus Prayer.
A: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.
20. What is our response to Jesus’ command to “do this in remembrance of me”?
A: The Divine Liturgy.
21. What is a vocation?
A: God’s calling of certain men to be part of His plan for the world through Holy Orders, and His calling of certain men and women to dedicate themselves wholly to Him.
22. What is the sign of truly faithful Christians?
A: Their love for one another.
23. What is the basic command Jesus gave us?
A: Love God and love your neighbor.
24. What is often used as a model of the love of God for His people?
A: Marriage.
25. What does “Messiah” mean?
A: Anointed One.


1. Who is known as the protomartyr or first martyr for Christ?
A. St. Stephen, one of the seven deacons ordained by the Apostles.
2. In the Eastern Catholic Church, which mysteries do we receive immediately after Baptism?
A. Chrismation and Holy Communion.
3. How does the name “Gospel” tell us of its meaning?
A. It is the Good News (Good Spel) of the coming of Christ our Savior.
4. What are the antiphons?
A. An antiphon is a short hymn made up of verses taken from the Old Testament Psalms. They are called antiphons because they are meant to be sung by two groups alternating in answer to one another.
5. The evening service, consisting of psalms hymns, biblical canticles and litanies is called?
A. Vespers.
6. What is the Greek word meaning conversion or repentance and the continual life of inner change and growth?
A. Metanoia.
7. What are the first five books of the Old Testament called?
A. The Pentateuch.
8. What are the names of the first five book of the Old Testament?
A. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.
9. What does the word “Genesis” mean?
A. Genesis means “beginning.”
10. Who was the last prophet?
A. John the Baptist
11. Who baptized Jesus?
A. John the Baptist.
12. What do we celebrate on Palm Sunday?
A. The entrance of our Lord into Jerusalem.
13. What great miracle is celebrated on the Saturday before Palm Sunday?
A. The raising of Lazarus —­ the miracle of the triumph over death and the symbol of our own resurrection.
14. The Church is one because?
A. As the body of Christ it cannot be divided. Jesus meant it to be one when He prayed of His Apostles: “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one. . .” (St. John 17:20-22).
15. The Church is Holy because?
A. Her Founder is holy. The Church it continues Christ’s work of sanctification with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
16. The Church is Apostolic because?
A. The Church continues to proclaim what was revealed by Christ to His apostles, and continues to evangelize in the same spirit that characterized the apostolic era.
17. Who makes and blesses once a year the Holy Myron for the Sacrament of Holy Chrism?
A. The Patriarch on Holy Thursday.
18. Why does the Priest cut the hair of the child after applying the Chrism?
A. The tonsure represents the child’s first offering to God.
19. What are the mysteries of the Holy Church?
A. Baptism, Chrismation, the Holy Eucharist, Repentance, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Holy Oil.
20. This Apostle kissed Christ in order to betray Him to those who were about to crucify Him.
A. Judas Iscariot
21. What do we call the words which the priest pronounces over the bread and the wine during the Divine Liturgy?
A. The Words of Institution.
22. Name the Gospel story read on the lst Sunday of Pre-Lent Season
A. The Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican.
23. Who was the first person to ask Christ to remember him when He came into His Kingdom?
A. The good thief, who was crucified next to Christ.
24. What is the unwritten teaching transmitted by the Church?
A. Holy tradition.
25. What is another name for the Last Supper?
A. The Mystical Supper.
26. Who are the spiritual descendants of the Apostles?
A. Bishops and priests.