Melkite Challenge 2006 – Set #2

Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4


1. Who first said that the Church is the Body of Christ?
2. Who wrote most of the Epistles in the New Testament?
3. Name one of the names or terms by which we refer to Jesus Christ.
4. To whom did God give the Ten Commandments on Mount Sinai?
5. Where did the Israelites live before they left to wander into the wilderness and finally to enter the Promised Land?
6. What are idols?
7. Why is Abraham so important?
8. What is the name commonly given to the Israelites’ flight from Egypt?
9. What do we call the special pictures of the Lord, His Mother, and the saints that we see in church and in our homes?
10. What are three things we call God in the Divine Liturgy?
11. What is the part of the Bible that deals with Jesus and the early Church?
12. What do we call people who were sent by God to speak the truth to those who were disobedient?
13. What did the Babylonians do in 586 BC?
14. What is the book of the Old Testament containing poems, prayers, and hymns?
15. What does Theotokos mean?
16. When do we celebrate the Annunciation?
17. What does Panagia mean?
18. What did Mary say to the angel Gabriel when he told her she was going to become the mother of Jesus through God’s Holy Spirit?
19. When did God send the Holy Spirit upon Jesus and say, “This is my own Son, with whom I am pleased.”
20. What do we call the point in the Divine Liturgy when the priest or deacon holds high the Gospel Book in procession?
21. What do we call the point in the Divine Liturgy when the congregation sings the Cherubic hymn and the Priest carries the gifts of bread and wine in procession?
22. What does Amen mean?
23. Who preached that the Kingdom of God had arrived on earth?
24. Who had the mission of telling people to turn away from their sins and prepare for the coming of Christ?
25. After what great event did Jesus fast and pray for 40 days in the wilderness and was tempted by the devil?


1. When is “Forgiveness Sunday”?
2. What is the difference between disciples and Apostles?
3. Who was the first Christian martyr?
4. Why was Elijah important?
5. Which of the evangelists was not an Apostle?
6. Who accompanied Jesus on Mt. Tabor?
7. What is the meaning of Baptism?
8. Where do we find the history, growth and journeys of St Paul?
9. What is another name for St John the Baptist?
10. What do we call the service of preparation for the Liturgy?
11. What do we call the rectangular cloth worth on the shoulder of the Priest in the Great Entrance
12. What does the serpent on the Bishop’s staff symbolize?
13. Who wrote the’suffering servant’ letters?
14. August 29th is a feast day celebrating what event?
15. Who replaced the symbolic eagles of Caesar with the cross of Christ as the standard emblem of Christian faiths the world over ever since.
16. What is the name of the bread used in the Eucharist and its meaning in Greek?
17. What appears on the Holy Doors?
18. Why is the bread placed in the chalice called “the Lamb?”
19. “Jesus Christ Conquers” in Greek appears on the bread stamped before it is baked, what are those letters?
20. What was the Liturgy or gathering called in the early church?
21. On what day did the Theotokos make her entry into the temple?
22. What are the dates of the Christmas Fast?
23. Who went with Jesus to the Garden of Gethsamene to praybefore the crucifixion?.
24. Who was first person to declare: Jesus was the Son of God.
25. How is the word “sin” translated from Greek?


1. What are the two main parts of the Bible?
2. Which part of the Bible prepares the world for the coming of Christ?
3. Which part of the Bible testifies to the fact that Christ has come and has saved the world?
4. What are the first words of the Gospel of St. John?
5. What are the first four books of the New Testament?
6. Name the synoptic gospels and explain what the term means.
7. When were the synoptic gospels written?
8. In what language was the New Testament written?
9. Which one of the four evangelists received the title of the “Theologian”?
10. St. Luke wrote which book of the New Testament besides his Gospel?
11. How many New Testament Epistles did St. Paul write, if we attribute the Epistle to the Hebrews to him?
12. Where in the New Testament can we find this passage? “Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or boastful; it is not arrogant or rude . . . Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”
13. What is the name of the table on which the gifts for holy communion are prepared, which stands in the altar area to the left of the altar table.
14. What is the significance of September 1 in the church year?
15. What is the Triodion?
16. What is the Pentecostarion?
17. Name the five Sundays before Great Lent begins.
18. What famous spiritual book was written by St. John Climacus?
19. What do we call the Feast of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem?
20. When do we celebrate the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross?
21. The Liturgical year is divided into three cycles. Identify them.
22. What is the name of the penitential service celebrated during Great Lent, in which we receive Holy Communion?
23. What is the Akathist Hymn?
24. What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Theophany?
25. Who was the Apostle to Egypt?