Melkite Challenge 2007 – Set #2

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


1. What does the acts of the Apostles tell us about?
A. The First Christians
2. Where would we find the 4 Gospels?
A. In the New Testament
3. What day is the feast of the Annunciation?
A. March 25
4. What is the Pentateuch?
A. The first 5 books of the O.T.
5. Who are the saints Joachim and Ann?
A. The parents of Mary the Theotokos
6. What is the evening prayer of the Church?
A. Vespers
7. What sacrament makes us members of the Body of Christ?
A. Baptism
6. How do you say “Lord have mercy” in Greek?
A. Kyrie eleison
8. Who is known as the Apostle to Egypt?
A. St Mark
9. What is an antimension and where will you find one?
A. A rectangular cloth that has a picture of the burial of Christ painted on it and relics of a saint sewn into it. On the altar.
10. Who wrote the 4th Gospel?
A. St, John
11. Who was the best loved disciple of Jesus Christ?
A. St. John who wrote the 4th gospel
12. In what language were all the gospels written?
A. The gospels were written in Greek, not classical Greek, but the spoken Greek of the days of Jesus
12. When and where was John’s gospel written?
A. John’s gospel was written in Ephesus toward the end of the first century
13. Recite the first beatitude?
A. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
14. Name the fifth beatitude?
A. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy
15. Complete the verse in John 1:12 “But as many as received Him, . . .”

A. To them He gave power to become the sons of God.”
16. What does the Book of Acts tell us?
A. It tells us how Jesus ascended into Heaven after telling the Apostles to go and preach the Christian faith to all people.
17. How many letters were written by the Apostle Paul in the New Testament?
A. Fourteen letters
18. In the story of the Healing of the Ten Lepers (Luke 1711-30) how many did not return?
A. nine
19. What is the Triodion?
A. The ten weeks before Pascha
20. What do you do in the narthex of the Church? What do you do in the nave? What happens in the sanctuary?
A. the narthex is the area where we enter the church, venerate the icons and light our candles
The nave is where we worship during the service
The altar or sanctuary is where the priest leads us in service
21. Which name for Mary means “all Holy”?
A. Panagia
22. What passage from scripture begins: “The Lord is my shepherd”
A. Psalm 23
23. Why do the Jews celebrate Passover?
A. to remember the time Moses led the Jews out of Egypt
24. The Prophet Elijah’s name means?
A. The Lord is my God
25. What are the first three commandments?
A. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange Gods before me.”
You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain”
“Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day”


1. What are the seven great meetings called that gave us the basic faith of the Church, and where was the first one held?
A. Ecumenical councils, Nicaea
2. Which icon depicts the Mother of God lying on her deathbed, surrounded by the Apostles?
A. The icon of the Dormition of the mother of God
3. When does the liturgical day begin?
A. in the evening with the setting of the sun
4. This man was sold into slavery by his brothers but later became a powerful ruler.
A. Joseph
5. What is the ninth beatitude?
A. Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account, rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven
6. What does Theotokos mean?
A. Bearer, birth giver, Mother of God
7. We are remembered as the two “leaders of the apostles,” One of us carries the “keys of the kingdom” and the other the scriptures. Who are we?
A. Saints Peter and Paul
8. By what standards will we be judged?
A. By how well we loved and treated other people
9. Name the five books of the Pentateuch
A. Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
10. How would you define the Church?
A. The kingdom of God on earth, so that we may live the divine life.
11. Name the Feast days of the Church
A. Palm Sunday, Ascension of Christ, Pentecost, Theophany, Entrance of Christ into the Temple, Annunciation, Transfiguration of Christ, Nativity of the Theotokos,Exaltation of the Holy Cross, Entrance f the Theotokos into the Temple, Nativity of Christ, Pascha
12. In addition to the Great Fast what other fasts are practiced?
A. The Christmas Fast from December 10 to December 24 – The fast of the Theotokos (August 1 to August 15) – Fast of Peter and Paul (All Saints Sunday to June 28)
13. What are the signs of new life we receive in Baptism?
A. the water, white robe and candle
14. What did Cain say when the Lord asked him “Where is your brother?”
A. “I do not know. Am I my brother’s keeper?”
15. What happens in Chrismation?
A. We receive life in the Church through the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the giver of life and we are sealed in our new life with the Hoy Spirit.
16. What are the two things that unite us to God?
A. Prayer and fasting
17. 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
18. What is the greatest commandment?
A. You shall love the Lord your God with all you heart with all your soul, with all your mind and with all your strength
19. What is our privilege as God’s people?
A. We can call God “Our Father”
20. Who brought the message of Christ to Greece ?
A. St Andrew
21. Where can we find the writings of Jesus?
A. No where – Jesus did not write anything
22. Where do we proclaim that the church is apostolic, holy, universal and one?
A. In the creed
23. When do we celebrate the raising of Lazarus?
A. On the Saturday of the 6th week of Great Lent
24. What is the first book of the Pentateuch called?
A. Genesis meaning “beginning”
24. What is an antiphon?
A. an antiphon is a short hymn made up of verses from the Old Testament psalms. They are sung by two groups alternating in answer to one another


1. Approximately when was the Liturgy established?
A. By the end of the 3rd century
2. What is the Pre-Sanctified Liturgy?
A. A Liturgy that combines the first half of the Vesper Service with the second half of the Eucharistic Service, without the Consecration of the Gifts.
3. What was inserted into the Divine Liturgy to combat Heresies

A. The Creed
4. Who fell asleep at a meeting and then fell out of the window Acts 20:9?
A. – Eutychus
5. Name the three Hierarchs?
A. St Basil and St Gregory of Nazianzus, along with St. John Chysostom
6. Name the Cappadocian Fathers?
A. St. Gregory of Nyssa, St Gregory of Nazianzus and St. Basil
7. Who is called the “Beloved Physician?”
A. Luke (Colossians 4:14
8. Who took the place of Judas?
A. Acts 1:26 Matthias
9. What is the shortest verse in the Bible?
A. John 11:35 “Jesus wept”
10. Who was the first person to see Jesus after the Resurrection?
A. Mark 16:9 Mary Magdelene
11. What was the greatest architectural gem that the Golden Age offered?
A. The Great Church of St. Sophia (Church of the Holy Wisdom)
12. What man called himself a voice?
A. Mark 1:2;,3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness – John the Baptist
13. What twelve year old daughter was brought back to life by “Jesus”
A. Luke 8 :41-44 the daughter of Jairus
14. Whom did Jesus ask for a drink of water?
A. John 4:7 The Samaritan woman
15. In the first three centuries of the Church, where was authority vested?
A. Authority was vested in the local bishops, who as successors of the Apostles continued their work.
20. What were the five leading cities whose bishops were given the title of Patriarch?
A. Rome , Antioch , Jerusalem , Alexandria and Constantinople .
21. What does the word “Epiclesis” mean?
A. From the Greek, it means to call down or invoke the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ.
22. What do we call the Christian art that developed in the first three centuries of the Church?
A. Iconography
23. Where and when was the first Ecumenical Council held?
A. Nicaea in 325
24. What is the Islamic bible called?
A. The Koran
25. What does the word Muslim mean?
A. It means one who has submitted.