Melkite Challenge 2005 – Set #2

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1. Name the four gospel writers.
A. St. Mark, St. Luke, St. Matthew and St. John
2. The break and wine we receive at Holy Communion are really____________________
A. The Body and Blood of Christ
3. Most Sundays of the Church we celebrate the Divine Liturgy of Saint ___________________
A. St. John Chrysostom
4. The current archbishop of the Eparchy of Newton is named ______________________________
A. Archbishop Cyrille Bustros
5. What does the Divine Liturgy help us to remember?
A. The Divine Liturgy helps us to remember all that was done in our Behalf: the cross, the tomb, the Resurrection on the third day, and Ascension into heaven.
6. In the Divine Liturgy, what do we receive?
A. We receive Holy Communion
7. What else do we call the Liturgy and Holy Communion?
A. The Eucharist
8. What are the two things that unite us to God?
A. The mysteries of repentance and Baptism
9. What is the greatest commandment?
A. The Greatest commandment tells us first: “You shall love the Lord your God with all y our heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.”
10. What does Jesus want us to do when we’ve sinner?
A. Jesus wants us to repent or change
11. The mystery of _____________________– Brings us new life again. It is like wearing our baptismal robe once more.
A. repentance
12. When we want what we do not have and forget about God who gives us what we need, we sin again what commandment?
A. The tenth commandment –
13. When I was _______________________I put on Christ.
A. Baptized
14. When I was Baptized I became a child in God’s _______________
A. family
15. Once Baptized I can now call God “___________________”
A. Father
16. Jesus taught us to pray “____________________________________________”
A. Our Father
17. The Our Father is called the _____________________Prayer
A. The Lord’s Prayer
18. What do we celebrate in Theophany?
A. We celebrate Jesus Baptism and that The Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit are the Trinity
19. Whoever loves ______________–must also love his ______________
A. God – brother
20. What is the phrase we use to describe Mary?
A. Theotokos or “Birth-giver of God”
21. What is the white robe in baptism a symbol of ?
A. The white rove was a symbol of putting on Christ.
22. In Baptism what are the symbols of new life?
A. The robe – put on Christ –
B. The candle – the light of Christ –
C. Water – stay clean and pure all your life and dying and being reborn
23. At Baptism we also receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is called
A. Chrismation
24. All Christians fast for ________________days before Pascha
A. Forty days
25. Who were the parents of St. John the Baptist?
A. St. Zachariah and St. Elizabeth


1. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only _________-, so that whoever believes in Him would not perish, but have eternal life”

A. Son (St.John 3:16)
2. How many great feasts are there?
A. Twelve
3. In the Divine Liturgy we sing that we mystically represent the _____________________
A. Cherubim
4. The Current Patriarch of Antioch is named________________
A. Patriarch Gregory III
5. The two people chosen from the church to be our sponsors at Baptism are called?
A. Godparents
6. At the resurrection, what happens to our bodies?
A. Our bodies will be restored to live with God forever.
7. Finish the prayer of St. Joannikios: “The Father is my hope . . . “
A.”The Son is my refuge. The Holy spirit is my protection, All Holy Trinity glory to you!
8. Why did Jesus’ followers call Him the “Anointed One” or the “Christ”?
A. Because He was marked, not with oil, but with the power of the Holy Spirit.
9. The C reed is a statement of our ___________________-
A. Faith
10. The story of the coming of the Spirit is found in the book called?
A. Acts of the Apostles
11. When did the Holy Spirit come to the apostles?
A. The Holy Spirit came to the apostles on Pentecost.
12. Someone who has been killed for their faith in Christ is called
A. A martyr
16. What is a patron saint?
A. A Patron saint is the saint whose name you bear
17. What is our Spirit?
A. The part of us, which we cannot see, but which is the deepest part of us. It is here that we received the Holy Spirit and this part of us will never die.
18. The story of creation of the world appears in what book of the Bible?
A. Genesis
19. Identify the scriptural passage of Saint Paul’s Hymn to Love
A. (1 Corinthians 13)
20. Of the Old Testament and New Testament writings of the Bible which part prepared the world for the coming of Christ?
A. The old testament
21. The Pentateuch which means the five books are also called the Books of ________________________
A. Books of Moses
22. What books are included in the first five books of the bible?
A. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy
23. The Greek translation of the Hebrew bible is called:
A. The Septuagint
24. The books of the bible commonly called the Wisdom books include:
A. Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes and the Song of Solomon
25. Which is the shortest and considered the first written of the Gospels?
A. The Gospel of St. Mark
26. Which gospel was written by someone who was not an apostle?
A. The Gospel of Luke – He was one of the original disciples, a physician associated with the apostle Paul.
27. Which of the four gospels presents a different picture than the rest?
A. The Gospel of John. (It has been suggested that this is so because it was intended to complement the Gospel of Mark)


1. What commandment opposes suicide?
A. The commandment “thou shall not kill” was spoken not only in connection with the lives of others, but also of our own lives, which being not our own property, but the property of God, we have not the right to destroy.
2. What is another name for the place defined for public prayer?
A. The Temple, commonly called Ecclesia, viz., Church from the gathering of the Church-members in it.
3. The Church is built so that those who pray in it shall look in what direction?
A. Eastward
4. What do we call the great thanksgiving prayer of the liturgy that lifts us up to God that occurs in the last part of the liturgy?
A. the Anaphora
5. St Peter says that we are called to become partakers of _____________________
A. (2Peter1:4) the Divine Nature
6. Name three great Fathers of the Church
A. St. Athanasius the Great, Bishop of Alexandria – The Cappadocian Bishops: St. Basil the Great, his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa, and St. Gregory Nazianzen the theologian
7. What three doctrines of our faith were instituted at the last supper?
A. The Eucharist, the Priesthood and the new covenant: “love one another as I have loved you”
8. How many Ecumenical Councils were held?
A. Seven Ecumenical Councils
9. Was the Vatican council an ecumenical council? Why?, why not?
A. The Vatican council was not an ecumenical council – no participation from the Orthodox
10. Who was the first Bishop of the Church of Jerusalem?
A. St. James, “brother of the Lord”
11. What is the first part of the bible called?
A. The Torah
12. The four gospels are symbolized in the images of the “four living creatures” of the biblical apocalypse,. Identify them.
A. Classical interpretation connects Mark with the lion ; Matthew –the man; Luke – the ox, and John with the eagle.
13. What Father of the Church said “God became man so that man might become God”?
A. St. Athanasius
14. Of the ritual books which book contains the rules and description of the rituals?
A. The Typicon Book
15. What is the Antimension?
A. It is a piece of material with a painting of the burial of Jesus Christ and the tools of his suffering. A small pocket is sewn at the end of the material containing the relic of the martyrs.
16. The candelabra with two candles used by the bishop to give blessing is called?
A. Dhikharion
17. The sanctuary is also called?
A. the “Holy of Holies”
18. What does the word Alleluia mean?
A. “Praise God”
19. Name the twelve apostles
A. St. Andrew, Judas Iscariot, St. Matthias, St. Bartholomew, St. James, St. Matthew, St. Peter, St. John, St. Jude St. St. Philip, St. Simon, and St.Thomas
20. When are the Saturdays of the Dead held?
A. On the first Saturday in the Triodion period and Saturday before Pentecost..
21. When is forgiveness Sunday held?
A. The last days before the start of the Fast.
22. The Good Friday Evening service symbolizing the burial of Christ is called?
A. The Epitaphios Service during which the lamentations are sung
23. On Good Friday afternoon the service conducted is called?
A. The descent from the Cross are offered.
24. The Holy Spirit promised by Christ to his disciples came on what day?
A. On the day of the Pentecost (John 14:26)
25. As the priest recites the prayers of absolution, the priest may cover him with the end of his epitrachelion. What is the symbolic meaning of this action?
A. This is a tangible sign that God’s grace has overshadowed the penitent and restored him to a state of friendship with God.