Melkite Challenge 2007 – Set #1

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


1. What is the question the lawyer asked? Lk10:27
A. How should we love God?
2. What is a parable?
A. A bible story that teaches us a lesson
3. What is the answer the Gospel gives to the question asked by the lawyer (Lk 10:27)?
A. ” You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself”
4. What story did Jesus tell to show what we are to do for our neighbors?
A. The Good Samaritan
5. What is Jesus commandment?
A. To love one another as I love you (John 15:12)
6. How did God show His love for us?
A. By sending us Jesus
7. What are our Christian greetings?
A. Ordinarily: – Christ is in our midst! He both is and always will be
At Christmas: – Christ is born! – Glorify Him!
At Pascha: – – Christ is risen! He is truly risen!
8. When do we ordinarily say the prayer of St. Ephrem the Syrian?
A. During the Great Fast
9. Recite the prayer for forgiveness?
A. O God, absolve, remit and pardon our voluntary and involuntary sins, in word and deed, known and unknown, by day and by night, in mind and thought. Forgive us all in Your goodness and love for mankind.
10. What are the words of the Jesus Prayer?
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, h ave mercy on me, a sinner.
11. Why did Zacchaeus not have friends?
A. Because he was a tax collector and people thought they kept the money for themselves.
12. What did Jesus say to Zacchaeus?
A. Jesus said, “Zacchaeus, come down quickly for today I must stay at your house.”
13. What are the ten rules that God gave us?
A. The ten commandments
14. What was God’s plan for Adam and Eve?
A. To live with God in Paradise forever
15. What happened when Adam and Eve followed their own plan?
A. They broke away from God because they wanted to do what they wanted, not what God wanted.
16. Who were the Israelites:
A. The chosen people of God
17. What is a covenant?
A. an agreement
18. What happened after Jesus died on the cross and was buried?
A. He rose from the dead
19. Give the Feast Day and explain the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection for us?
A. Pascha. Jesus united us to God forever and granting us eternal life
20. Recite the words of the Hymn of the Incarnation
Only-begotten Son and Word of God,
immortal as You are. You condescended for
our salvation to take flesh of the holy
Mother of God and ever-virgin Mary, and
without undergoing change, You became
Man. You were crucified, O Christ God, and
crushed Death by Your death. You are One
of the Holy Trinity, equal in glory with the
Father and the Holy Spirit: save us.
21. Who joins us in our prayers in church? What are they praying for?
A. All the Saints on the icons. They are praying for us to be followers of Christ.
22. What does venerate mean and why do we do it?
A. Venerate means to honor and respect. When we venerate an icon, we call to mind God’s presence in the person or the event shown on the icon.
23. How do we show our respect for icons?
A. We cross ourselves, bow and kiss the icon
24. Name three signs of God’s presence found on the Holy Table?
A. The Gospel Book – the hand cross – the tabernacle
25. What is a Christian?
A. A follower of Jesus Christ who believes in Him and has been baptized.
26. What are icons?
A. The holy images of Saints or events that recall God’s presence
27. What is the Church?
A. The people of God who follow Jesus as their Lord
28. What are the three parts of the church building?
A. The narthex, the nave, and the Holy Place
29. Whom do our Church leaders follow:
A. They follow Jesus, the perfect example of a leader
30. What is the Greatest Commandment?
A. Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and your neighbor as yourself


1. Where can we read the events of Salvation History?
A. the Bible
2. Where can you hear about the events of salvation history and become a part of them?
A In the Divine Liturgy
3. Name the four groups who are members of the Church
A. living people, the saints, the dead, the Holy Trinity
4. Who were the people of God in the Old Covenant?
A. The Israelites
5. In which commandment did God remind the Jews to worship Him alone?
A. First Commandment: “I am the Lord. . .”
6. Who are the People of God in the New Covenant?
A. All who believe in Christ and are baptized
7. How are people “born from above,” according to Jesus?
A. in water and the Spirit
8. Which ceremony in Baptism represents Christ’s burial and resurrection?
A. immersion in water
9. What are the three ways the Church witnesses to God in the world?
A. worship, the beauty of churches, the way we treat others
10. Who were the leaders of the Apostles?
A. Saints Peter and Paul
11. What was the name of the Saint who donated his tomb and the shroud used for Jesus burial?
A. Joseph of Arithmathea
12. Who was the first woman martyr?
A. St. Thecla (Sept.24) converted by St. Paul in Asia Minor and was tortured as a result.
13. What Saint and co-worker of the Apostle Paul organized the church in his homeland Cyprus ?
A St Barnabas
14. How long did it take for the Bible to be written?
A. about 1000 years
15. What is the main topic of the Old Testament?
A. God’s dealings with the Israelites
16. What is the main topic of the New Testament?
A. The story of Christ and the early church.
17. What do BC and AD mean?
A. BC=Before Christ – AD=The Year of the Lord
18. What are the three main parts of the Old Testament?
A. Law, Prophets, Writings
19. Why do you think God created us?
A. To share His Life with us
20. What did God agree to do in His covenant with the Israelites:
A. to be with them always
21. What is another name for the prophet Elias and why is he honored and praised by the Church?
A. also called Elijah whose name means “The Lord is my God”
22. Why is St Elias honored as the “pillar of prophets”?
A. He is honored because he announced the coming of Jesus Christ
23. Identify the three Holy Hierarchs
A. Saint Basil – Saint John Chrysostom – Saint Gregory the Theologian
24. What is the name of the special bishop’s vestment worn on the shoulders?
A. omophorion
25. What does the word missionary mean?
A. “one who is sent”


1. When is the ascension of Christ commemorated?
A. 40 days after Easter
2. What do we cal the last visit of God to His people?
A. The descent of the Holy Spirit
3. Why is Pentecost considered as the feast5 of the Trinity?
A. Because Pentecost makes known to us the third Person of the Holy Trinity – for now we know that there are three persons in one God.
4. On September 8th name the feast of the Theotokos and tell what event it commemorates.
A Birth of the Mother of God
5. On November 21 name the feast of the Theotokos and tell what event it commemorates.
A. Presentation of Mary in the Temple .
6. Name the feast of the Theotokos on December 9 and tell what event it commemorates.
A. We remember the Virgin’s conception in the womb of St. Ann
7. Who said “If anyone says: ‘I love God!’ and hates his brother, he is a liar.”
A. St John in his first Epistle
8. The celebration of the Eucharist is called?
A. Liturgy is the way the church celebrates the Eucharist
9. What is the meaning of the word Liturgy?
A. Liturgy is derived from the Greek word leitourgia
10. When we sing Allelluia what does that mean?
A. Praise the Lord”
11. What is the meaning of the word Eucharist?
A. The world derives from the Greek word eucharisto, which means “thank you.”
12. What is the Prokeimenon?
A. Prokeimenon is a responsorial psalm chanted alternately by the reader and the people.
13. What is the troparia and kontakia?
A. changeable hymns which reflect upon the theme of the day’s liturgy
14. What are the words of the Opening Doxology?
“Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
15. What do we pray for in the Great Litany?
A. we pray for the various needs which confront us in our daily lives.
16. The “laying on of the hands” is also know as?
A. Ordination
17. With the blessed oil of Holy Unction, we seek?
Healing of our physical and spiritual infirmities
Strengthening of our spirit in order to bear our afflictions
Forgiveness of our sins
18. What does the church proclaim?
The Good News of Christ’s resurrection
The reconciliation of man with God
Salvation through faith, repentance, forgiveness and the lifestyle for which Jesus Himself is our example
19. What is the criterion upon which Christ will judge us?
The criterion is Love – our capacity to love others is based on our acceptance of God’s love, for He is Love itself.
20. What does the icon of the resurrection depicts?
The icon shows Christ’s decent into Hades prior to His bodily resurrection
21. What does the term Immanuel mean?
In Hebrew, “God With Us” Jesus is the fulfillment of this old testament title
22. What is faith?
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Ephesians 1:11)
23. Name the sources of Byzantine Christianity
Holy tradition
Holy Scripture
The writings of the Holy Fathers
The councils and the canons
Prayer and liturgical worship
24. What is Holy Tradition?
The ongoing life of God’s people
The total experience of the Church as it has been passed on from the time of Christ and the Apostles
The very life of the church as it is inspired and guided by the Holy Spirit
25. What is the meaning of the word Creed?
The word creed is derived from the Latin word credo, meaning “I Believe”.