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

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

1. What was the name of the place where Adam and Eve lived?
A. Garden of Eden
2. What is the name of the Mystery to which we ask forgiveness?
A. Repentance
3. What happens when we receive Holy Communion?
A. We are united to God and our body and spirit are nourished by Holy Communion
4. What has oil become a symbol of ?
A. God’s mercy
5. What do we receive in the Divine Liturgy?
A. We receive Jesus
6. Complete the following sentence: if anyone says “I love God” but __________his brother he is a ______________.
A. hates – liar
7. What has the Son of God done for us?
A. Saved us
8. What has the Father done for us?
A. Created us
9. What were the first children of Adam and Eve?
A. Cain and Abel
10. What will we be judged on?
A. On how well we treated other people
11. Why is the Bible holy?
A. It contains God’s Message God is speaking to us
12. When did Jesus ride into Jerusalem on a donkey?
A. Palm Sunday
13. Why did Cain attack his brother Abel and kill him?
A. He was jealous of his brother
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 Saint is called the wonder-worker because of the miracles God performed through him?
A. St Nicholas Bishop of Myra
16. What are the words that we hear when the Divine Liturgy begins?
A. Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Now and ever and forever.”
17. Which of the apostles is seen carrying the Scriptures?
A. Saint Paul
18. Which of the apostles is seen carrying the Keys of the Kingdom?
A. Saint Peter
19. When do you partake of the bread of life?
A. When we receive Holy Communion
20. What are the three main sections of a church?
A. Altar or sanctuary nave and narthex
21. What are the stone tablets that Moses received called?
A. The ten commandments
22. What are the first three commandments?
A. I am 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
23. What does the wine become for us?
A. The wine will become the Blood of Christ
24. How do we talk to God?
A. When we pray
25. 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.
26. Why is Holy Communion so important?
A. Holy Communion is the bread of life. It Makes Jesus present to us and gives us nourishment and it will bring us to eternal life.
27. Name two reasons why we pray
A. We pray to talk to God, praise Him thank Him for our blessings and ask Him for help
28. What are the signs of new life we receive in Baptism?
A. water white robe and candle
29. In what two ways do we receive Jesus at the Divine Liturgy?
A. We receive Jesus through the words of the Gospel and we receive Jesus in Holy Communion
30. What is the story of the loaves and fishes called?
A. The story is called the feeding of the five thousand
31. Name four items the priest uses to prepare Holy Communion
A. Prosphora (holy bread) wine and water cruets chalice, diskos
32. Why do the Jews celebrate Passover?
A. To remember the time Moses led the Jews out of Egypt
33. What does Jesus ask us to do as members of God’s people?
A. “Love one another as I have loved you.”
34. What are the external signs used in Baptism?
A. Water a robe and a candle
35. Name the New Testament book that tells us about the first Christians?
A. The Acts of the Apostles
36. What are we to remember on Good Friday?
A. We are to remember that Jesus died on the cross
37. What do we sing after Holy Communion?
A. “We have seen the true light”
38. What is it that makes mankind different from animals?
A. The most important thing is that an can speak while animals can not
39. Who said the “church is like one body which has many parts.
A. St Paul
40. What Saint said: “God became an, so that man can become God.?”
A. St Athanasius
41. Name the prayer that Jesus taught us
A. The Lord’s Prayer
42. On what feast day was the Trinity revealed?
A. Theophany
43. What prophet’s name means “the Lord is my God?”
A. Elijah also called Elias
44. Name the first part of the Bible that tells us the history of the Hebrew people
A. Old Testament
45. Name the first disciples
A. Peter and his brother Andrew
46. One God in three persons is called:
A. The Trinity
47. Before we listen to the Bible read in Church what does the priest say?
A. Let us attend” This means “pay attention” The church is incensed to let us know that something important is to happen
48. 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 Holy Spirit.
49. Which name for Mary means “All Holy”?
A. Panagia
50. Name the passage from scripture that begins “The Lord is my shepherd”
A. Psalm 23

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7, AND 8

1. What are Jesus Last words?
A. “Father into thy hands I commit my Spirit!”
2. The ten weeks before Easter are called?
A. Triodion
3. The official version of the Greek Old Testament is called?
A. The Septuagint Greek version
4. Who was the Apostle to Egypt?
A. S. Mark
5. What is the meaning of the word epistle?
A. Epistle means letter
6. Who makes and blesses once a year the Holy Myron for the Mystery of Holy Chrismation?
A. The Patriarch on Holy Thursday
7. What commandment opposes suicide?
A. The commandment “Thou shall not kill”
8. The candelabra with two candles used by the bishop to give blessing is called?
A. Dikharion
9. Name three great Fathers of the Church
A. St Athanasius the Great, The Cappadocian Bishops St Basil the Great his brother St. Gregory of Nyssa and St.Gregory Nazianzen the theologian
10. What is the name of the book containing the rules and descriptions of the rituals?
A. The Typicon Book
11. Is the Liturgy of the Presanctified a true Divine Liturgy? When is it said?
A. This service is not really a Divine Liturgy but a Penitential service offered on the fast days of Great Lent
12. In the parable of the Paralytic of the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-10) why were the Jews angry with Jesus for helping the paralyzed man?
A. Because He had done this on the Sabbath day
13. 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
14. What is the first book of the Pentateuch called?
A. Genesis meaning “beginning”
15. What does it mean to blaspheme?
A. Speaking irreverently or cursing sacred things
16. To which part of the Bible does the Acts of the Apostles belong?
A. The Acts of the Apostles is in the New Testament
17. List the four categories of prayer
A. Adoration – contrition – thanksgiving – supplication
18. What do we mean by Christ’s Incarnation?
A. We mean His taking on human form
19. The liturgical year is divided into three cycles. Identify them.
A. The Christmas cycle the Eastern cycle and the Last section of the liturgical year is the Pentecostal cycle.
20. What did God promise Abraham?
A. The land of milk and honey
21. What happens in the narthex of the church?
A This is the area where we enter the church venerate the icons and light our candles
22. What do you do in the nave of the church?
A. The nave is where we worship during the service.
23. What happens in the sanctuary?
A. The sanctuary is where the priest leads us in service
24. What is a covenant?
A. A covenant is a promise or an agreement that will be fulfilled.
25. What do we celebrate on March 25th?
A. The feast of the annunciation
26. When did Jesus wash the feet of His disciples?
A. at the last supper
27. What did Peter say to Jesus when He wanted to wash his feet?
A. “Never at any time will you wash my feet!”
28. Which disciple was asked by Jesus “. . do you love Me?”
A. Peter
29. Name the saint who was placed in a wheel with the nails sticking out so that as the wheel turned the nails would cut into her body.
A. Katherine
30. When does Holy week start?
A. Palm Sunday
31. What is the response to Christos Anesti?
A. “Alithos Anesti” Truly He is Risen
32. What city did Jesus ride into on a donkey?
A. Jerusalem
33. What took place on the Feast of the Annunciation?
A. The angel announced to Mary that she was going to be the Mother of Jesus the Son of God
34. What was the name of Emperor Constantine’s mother?
A. Helen
35. What does “Kyrie eleison” mean?
A. Lord have Mercy
36. What are the three orders of the priesthood?
A. Deacon Priest and Bishop
37. What words does the priest say when he administers Holy Communion to us?
A. “The (handmaiden) of God . . (name) receives the Body and Blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life Amen”
38. Who said: “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide”
A. John 15:16
39. The necessary repentance and conditions are:
A. confession, the laying on of the Priest’s hands and the prayer of absolution.
40. What do we remember on Thursday night in Holy Week?
A. We remember the Crucifixion of Jesus
41. What does the word crucifixion mean?
A. It means “nailing to the cross”
42. What event was taking place at the time Jesus rode into Jerusalem?
A. The Passover
43. Who first said that the church is the Body of Christ?
A. St Paul
44. Who were the prophets?
A. People who were sent by God to speak the truth to those who were disobedient
45. What is the book of the Old Testament containing poems prayers and hymns?
A. Psalms
46. What does Theotokos mean?
A. “she who bore God”
47. After what great event did Jesus fast and pray for 40 days in the wilderness and was tempted by the devil?
A. Jesus Baptism
48. Who wrote most of the epistles of the New Testament?
A. St Paul
49. Where did the Israelites live before they left to wander into the wilderness and finally to enter the promised land?
A. Egypt
50. What are idols?
A. Images of pagan Gods and Goddesses

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 9-12

1. Who were the Hellenists?
A. Foreign Hebrews who lived abroad
2. What are the benefits of prayer and fasting:
A. Among other things, they bring us closer to God, and teach us self control and dedication to Him.
3. Who were the descendants of Abraham who lived in Palestine, the promised land, and received through Moses God’s law?
A. The Hebrews or Jews
4. Name the Gospel story read on the 1st Sunday of Pre-Lent Season
A. The parable of the Pharisee and the Publican
5. At the resurrection, what happens to our bodies?
A. Our bodies will be restored to live with God forever.
6. What is another name for the Last Supper?
A. The Mystical Supper
7. In this sacrament, the hair of the child is cut as a symbol of obedience and sacrifice. Name the sacrament
A. What is Holy Baptism?
8. In what mystery do we become participants in Christ’s Mystical Supper?
A. The Holy Eucharist
9. What is the ame of the record of the missionary work of the Apostles after the Ascension of Jesus, written by Saint Luke?
A. The Acts of the Apostles
10. What does Chrismation give us?
A. The seal of the gifts of the Holy Spirit
11. What is the birthday of the Church?
A. The Feast of the Pentecost
12. Cite the passage from scripture where Peter walks on Water?
A. Matthew 14-22-24
13. What is a Prokimenon?
A. A verse from psalms
14. What is the name and date of the greatest of all the feasts of Mary, the Theotokos? Give the date
A. The feast of the Annunciation – March 25
15. A special for of the Divine Liturgy celebrated during the weekdays of Great Lent is known as
A. What is the presanctified Liturgy
16. This Feast day celebrates the discovery of the true cross of Christ by St. Helen.
A. The Feast of the Elevation of the Holy Cross.
17. The story of the coming of the Spirit is found in the book called?
A. The Acts of the Apostles
18. 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.
19. This Apostle connected with the establishment of the apostolic see of Rome. Who was he?
A. St. Peter
20. This apostle denied Jesus three times
A. Who was St. Peter
21. What are the first five books of the Old Testament called?
A. The Pentateuch
22. The story of the creation of the world appears in what book of the Bible?
A. Genesis
23. 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.
24. When is the Great Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos?
A. November 21
25. When is the Great Feast of the Nativity of the Other of God?
A. September 8
26. 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
27. How many great feasts are there?
A. Twelve
28. Who baptized Jesus?
A. John the Baptist
29. This Apostle kissed Christ in order to betray Him
A. Judas Iscariot
30. 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.
31. What passage from scripture refers to the purpose of our Christian life?
A. 2Peter 1:4 “Partaker’s of the Divine Nature”
32. Can you identify the passage from scriptures that says: “Love is patient and kind. . . “
A. 1 Corinthians 13 – Saint Paul’s Hymn to Love
32. When we are baptized, we become a vital and important part of this ‘body’
A. What is the “Body of Christ” the Church
33. This is God’s seal on us
A. What is Holy Chrism?
34. What saint said these words upon the presentation of the Lord to the temple “Lord now lettest thou they servant depart in peace, . . .for mine eyes have seen thy salvation which has been prepared before all people.”
A. St Simeon
35. The Feast of Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem is called?
A. Palm Sunday
36. Where in the Bible is this passage? “And the evening and the morning were the first day . . .”
A. Old Testament (Genesis 1-5)
37. What is the focus of the New Testament?
A. The New testament testifies to the fact that Christ has come and has saved the world.
38. Name the focus of the Old Testament?
A. The Old Testament prepares the world for the coming of Christ.
39. At the wedding in Cana (John 2:1-12) who asked Jesus to help the people?
A. His mother, Mary
40. Was the Vatican Council an ecumenical council? Why? Why Not?
A. The Vatican council was not an ecumenical council – no participation from the Orthodox
41. What is the theme of the Liturgical Service of the 9th Hour?
A. Death of Christ on the Cross
42. What is the liturgical theme of the liturgical service of the 3rd hour?
A. Descent of the Holy Spirit
43. In Matthew 14 the story of the Feeding of 5,000 – what does this story tell us about Jesus?
A. Jesus ministered to the needs of the people. Jesus had compassion for all those who are tired and hungry. Jesus wants us to take part in His work with Him. He used the loaves and fishes the boy had given up to perform the miracle.
44. 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.
45. What is another name for the place defined for public prayer?
A. The temple commonly called ecclesia viiz church from the gathering of the church members in it
46. His brother was Esau – what was his name?
A. Jacob
47. Jesus being baptized by John in the Jordan is the feast of?
A. Theophany
48. How does the name “Gospel” tell us of its meaning?
A. It is the good news of the coming of Christ our Savior?
49. To which part of the Bible is the Gospel according to St. John?
A. New Testament
50. What is the theme of the liturgical service of Matins?
A. Preparation for Christ.
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3

MELKITE CHALLENGE – Primary

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”

MELKITE CHALLENGE – Intermediate

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE – Advanced

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE – PRIMARY

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE INTERMEDIATE

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”

MELKITE CHALLENGE ADVANCED

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
Icons
Hymnography
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”.
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

1. Where is the book of Revelaltions in the Bible?
A. New Testament
2. This Father of the Church said “God Became man so that man might become God”?
A. St. Athanasius
3. This Apostle connected with the apostolic see of Constantinople?
A. St. Andrew
4. Who was the Apostle who connected with the establishment of the see of Alexandria?
A. St. Mark
5. Name the Apostle connected with the apostolic see of Jerusalem
A. St. James
6. What do we call the ten weeks before Easter?
A. Triodion
7 What did God command Noah to do?
A. Build an Ark
8. When do we hold the Saturdays of the Dead?
A. On the first Saturday in the Triodion period and Saturdays before Pentecost
9. Name the twelve Apostles?
A. Andrew, Matthias, James, Peter, Jude, Simon, Judas Iscariot, Bartholomew, Matthew, John, Philip, Thomas.
10 What is the name of the service conducted on Good Friday afternoon?
A. The descent from the Cross
11 Who were the parents of the Theotokos?
A. St. Joachim and St. Anne
12 Who said “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word Was God”?
A. St. John (John 1:1)
13. What are the antiphons?
Short hymns made up of verses taken from the Old Testament psalms.
14. The evening service consisting of psalms, hymns, biblical canticles and litanies is called?
A. Vespers
15. Where in the Bible do we find the Book of the prophet Isaiah?
A. Old Testament
16. Where in the Bible do we find the Epistles?
A. New Testament
17. How is every book of the Bible divided?
A. The Bible is divided into chapters
18. Where do we find the Book of Exodus in the Bible?
A. Old Testament
19. Where do we find the Book of Kings in the Bible?
A. Old Testament
20. Where do we find the Book of Psalms in the Bible?
A. Old Testament
21 What are the two sources from which Christianity draws its truths?
A. Holy tradition and Holy Scripture
22. What is the first part of the Bible called?
A. The Torah
23. What great miracle is celebrated on the Saturday of the 6th week of Great Lent?
A. The raising of Lazarus
24. How are the chapters of the Bible divided?
A. The chapters are divided into verses
25 What is the unwritten teaching transmitted by the Church?
A. Holy tradition
26. What is another name for the Last Supper?
A. Mystical Supper

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7 and 8

1. Name the special liturgical books for the Easter Cycle of worship?
A. The Lenten Triodion and the Easter Triodion, which is also called the Pentecostarion
2. What is the meaning of the Greek word “Akathist”?
A. It means “without sitting”. This name is given to the praise of the Theotokos because the whole service is meant to be sung standing as a sign of respect for her.
3. What is the theme of the Liturgical Service for the 6th Hour?
A. Crucifixion of Christ
4. What are the gospels of Saint Matthew, Mark and Luke called, and why?
A. Synoptic gospels which means that they look at things the same way. They are similar in content and form.
5. When were the synoptic gospels written?
A. They were written sometime in the beginning of the second half of the first century.
6. In what language were the synoptic gospels written?
A. The texts of each of them, and also that of St. John, come down to us in Greek. Matthew may have possibly written originally in Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
7. Which one of the four evangelists, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John received the title of the “Theologian”?
A. John is honored in the church with the title.
8. Who wrote the Acts of the Apostles?
A. St. Luke
9. How many ecumenical councils were held?
A. Seven Ecumenical Councils.
10. Who was the first Bishop of the Church of Jerusalem?
A. James, “brother of the Lord”
11. The Good Friday evening service symbolizing the burial of Christ is called?
A. The Epitaphios Service during which the lamentations are song.
12. When is forgiveness Sunday held?
A. The last day before the start of the Fast
13. The word Kyrie Eleison, properly understood means?
A. Lord Have Mercy
14. Name the first five books of the Bible
A. Genesis – Exodus – Leviticus – Numbers – Deuteronomy
15. The sanctuary is also called?
A. The “Holy of Holies”
16. What does the word “allelulia” mean?
A. Praise God
17. What is the Antimension?
A. It is the 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.
18. The “Ladder of Divine Ascent” was written by?
A. St. John Climacus
19, What is the prothesis, or table of oblation?
A. The table on which the gifts for Holy Communion are prepared
20. What month and day start the church year?
A. September 1
21. The restoration of the icons to the Church is celebrated on this day
A. Orthodoxy Sunday – first Sunday of Great Lent
22. The hymn “Gladsome Light” is sung at this service?
A. Vespers
23. Who wrote 14 letters, also called epistles, which were included in the Holy Scripture of the New Testament Church?
A. The Apostle Paul
24. The Church is built so that those who pray in it shall look in what direction?
A. eastward
25 What is the theme of the Divine Liturgy?
A. The Mystical Supper

MELKITE CHALLENGE (Grades 9-12)

1. What are the mysteries of the Holy Church?
A. Baptism, Chrismation, Holy Eucharist, Repentance, Holy Orders, Matrimony and Holy Oil
2. This apostle established the Christian community at Antioch
A. St. Peter
3. Name some of the objects used during the celebration of the mystery of Baptism
A. Water, a lighted candle, a white garment and oil
4 When is the great feast of the Encounter of Christ?
A. February 2nd
5 What is the name of the present Patriarch of Antioch?
A. Patriarch Gregorios III
6. Two men went into a temple to pray, one prideful and the other humble, what is the parable?
A. The parable of the Publican and the Pharisee
7. Who makes and blesses once a year the Holy Myron for the Sacrament f Holy Chrism?
A. The Patriarch on Holy Thursday
8. Complete the passage from Matthew 5:17 “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; . . .”
A. “I have come not to abolish them but to fulfill them”
9. Recite the Jesus Prayer?
A. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner!
10. Who was taken to Rome to be devoured by wild beasts because he would not worship pagan idols.?
A. St. Ignatius of Antioch
11. Who was Zechariah and Elizabeth?
A. The parents of John the Baptist.
12. The 40 day fast beginning on Nov 15 precedes what feast?
A. Christmas – Feast of the Nativity
13. Who destroyed the temple in Jerusalem?
A. The Babylonians in 586BC
14. What is the theme of the liturgical service of the 1st hour?
A. creation of the Light of Day
15. 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”
16. Name the Gospel story read on the 1st Sunday of Pre-Lent Season?
A. The Sunday of the Pharisee and the Publican
17. What is the Septuagint?
A. The official version of the Greek Old Testament
18. What does it mean to blaspheme?
A. to speak irreverently or curse sacred things
19. What did God promise Abraham?
A. the land of milk and honey
20 Why is the Church Apostolic?
A. It continues to proclaim that revealed by Christ to His apostles and it continues to evangelize in the same spirit as characterized in the apostolic era
21. When does the Peter and Paul fast take place?
A. All Saints Sunday to June 28
22. What do we mean by Christ’s Incarnation?
A. By Christ’s Incarnation, we mean His taking on human form.
23. Who prophesied the birth of Christ?
A. Isaiah
24. Who fought the battle of Jericho?
A. Joshua
25 What are the two parts of the Sacrament of Marriage service?
A. The bethrothal or engagement ceremony and the crowning or actual Sacrament of Marriage
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

1. What is a covenant?
A promise or an agreement that will be fulfilled.
2. What takes place in the narthex of the church?
We enter the church, venerate the icons and light our candles
What do you do in the nave?
We worship here during the service
What happens in the sanctuary?
Here the priest leads us in service
3. List the 4 categories of prayer
Adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, supplication
4. To which part of the Bible does the Acts of the Apostles belong?
New Testament
5. What does it mean to blaspheme?
Speaking irreverently or cursing sacred things
6. What did God promise Abraham?
The land of milk and honey
7. Name the three cycles of the liturgical year
The Christmas cycle, the Easter cycle and the last section of the liturgical year is the Pentecostal cycle.
8. What do we mean by Christ’s incarnation?
We mean Christ taking on human form
9. Name three great Fathers of the Church
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.
11. What are Jesus’s last words?
12. The ten weeks before Easter are called?
13. What passage in scripture calls us to be “partakers of the Divine Nature”?
14. What is the Septuagint?
15. Who was the Apostle to Egypt?
16. When is the finding of the Cross by St. Helen commemorated?
17. What is the meaning of the word epistle?
18. Who makes and blesses once a year the Holy Myron for the Mystery of Holy Christ?
19. What commandment opposes suicide?
20. The candlebra with two candles used by the bishop to give blessing is called?
21. What is the name of the book containing the rules and descriptions of the rituals?
The Typicon
22. Is the Liturgy of the Presanctified a true Divine Liturgy? When is it said?
It is not really a Divine Liturgy, but a Penitential service offered on the fast days of Great Lent.
23. In the parable of the Paralytic of the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-19) why were the Jews angry with Jesus for helping the paralyzed man?
Because He had done this on the Sabbath day
24. 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?
The anaphora
25. What is the first book of the Pentateuch called?
Genesis meaning “beginning”

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7, AND 8

1. In the beginning of the Liturgy what does the priest announce as our destination?
A. The priest announces our destination “Blessed in the Kingdom of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.”
2. What do we do in the “Little Entrance” in the Divine Liturgy?
A. We follow the Gospel – the words of Jesus Christ that lead us to the Kingdom.
3. In The Divine Liturgy, what happens in the “Great Entrance”?
A. We bring our gifts to God – bread and wine – food and drink we need to live
4. In the Divine Liturgy, what happens in us in the Kingdom?
A. In the Kingdom we receive God’s gift of Jesus Christ in us when we partake of Holy Communion.
5. When were the seeds of God’s Kingdom planted?
A. The seeds of God’s Kingdom were planted when the Church was founded.
6. When does our day of worship begin?
A. Our day of worship begins in the evening. Following the tradition of the Old Testament which says in the story of creation: “And the evening and the morning were the first day. . .”*(Gen1:5)
7. The order of church services follow what events?
A. They follow certain events in the life of Jesus Christ. These events are part of the history of our salvation.
8. The time of the service of vespers and compline is?
A. 7 PM and 8 PM
9. The theme of the services of Vespers and Compline is?
A. The creation of the worldt Watch In odern time 6-9pm and 9-12 pm
10. The time of the service of Matins and the theme of the service is?
A. 6 AM – theme: Preparation for Christ
11. The time of the service of first hour?
A. 7 am Theme: creation of the light of day
12. The time of the service of the third hour?
A. 9am 12 noon
Time of the Holy Spirit.
13. The theme of the six hour is ?
A. Time 9:30 am – modern time 12 noon to 3PM
Theme: The crucifixion of Christ.
14. What is the theme of the ninth hour?
A. Time 3 to 6pm Theme: Death of Christ on Cross
15. Complete the following beatitude: “Blessed are the Meek. . and explain what that means.
A. “for they shall inherit the earth.” This means that those who do not always strive for domination are blessed by God.
16. is the prayer we say during lent?
A. St. Ephraim’s Prayer
17. The meal Jesus had on Holy Thursday was?
A. The Last Supper
18. What did Jesus do for Lazarus?
A. Raise him from the dead.
19. Cheese Fair Sunday is called?
A. Forgiveness Sunday
20. What is the Easter greeting?
A. Christ is Risen!
21. On the 3rd Sunday of lent we venerate what?
A. The Cross
22. The Sunday of Orthodoxy celebrates the return of ________–to the churches
A. Icons
23. Who said he didn’t know Jesus, three times?
A. Peter
24. Jesus came to Jerusalem for what holiday?
A. Passover
25. The 4th Sunday of Lent is dedicated to?
A. St. John of the Ladder
26. What did the foolish maidens forget?
A. Extra oil for their lamps

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 9-12

1. What do we sing after Holy Communion?
“We have seen the true light”
2. What did Jesus say to His disciples when there was a great tesmpest in the sea and the small ship was covered with water?
“Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?”
Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
3. Who said the “Church is like one body, which has many parts”?
St. Paul
4. Where is the Gospel in the Bible?
The Gospel is in the first four books of the New Testament?
5. In the parable of the loaves and fishes, how many loaves of bread and how many fishes did the boy have?
Five loaves and two fish
6. Name the passage from scripture that begins: “The Lord is my shepherd”
Psalm 23
7. The parable of the ten virgins is based on a main figure. Who is the figure?
Christ the bridegroom?
8. What is the name of the church father who wrote the book “The Ladder of Perfection”?
St. John Climacus
9. Complete the verse “You are the salt of the earth_________” (Matt 5:13)
10. But if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored?
11. The name of the book of mysterious Prophecies describing the end of the world is called?
12. What are the names of the first five books of the Old Testament?
13. On what date does the Church year begin?
14. Who is known as the protomartyr or first martyr for Christ?
15. What is the Greek word meaning conversion or repentance and the continual life of inner change and growth?
16. Cite the book – chapter and verse of the story of Adam and Eve and their fall?
17. Where did Solomon build his temple?
18. Pagans and people who were not Hebrews were named?
19. What books are included in the first five books of the bible?
20. What do St. John Chrysostom and St. Basil the Great have in common?
21. The Church is Apostolic because?
Because it continues to proclaim what was revealed by Christ to His apostles, and continues to evangelize in the same spirit that characterized the apostolic era
22. What are the Ecumenical Councils?
The seven great meetings called that gave expression to the basic faith of the Church
23. What happened on Mt. Sinai
Moses received the stone tablet on which are written the Ten Commandments
24. What are the names of the four records of the life Of Jesus Christ called Gospels?
The Gospel according to St. Matthew
The Gospel according to St. Mark
The Gospel according to St. Luke
The Gospel according to St. John
25. Which of the four gospels presents a different picture than the rest?
The Gospel of John
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

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?

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7, AND 8

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?

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 9-12

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

1. What feast do we celebrate on March 25?
The feast of the annunciation
2. When did Jesus wash the feet of His disciples?
At the last supper
3. What did Peter say to Jesus when He wanted to wash his feet?
“Never at any time will you wash my feet!”
4. Which disciple was asked by Jesus “. . . do you love Me?”
Peter
5. What is the Bishop’s chair called?
Bishop’s throne
6. Name the saint who was placed in a wheel with the nails sticking out so that as the wheel turned, the nails would cut into her body.
St. Katherine
7. When does Holy week start?
Palm Sunday
8. What do the Greek words Christos Anesti) mean in English?
Christ is Risen!
9. What is the response to Christos Anesti?
“Alithos Anesti” Truly He is Risen”
10. What city did Jesus ride into on a donkey?
“Jerusalem”
11. What took place on the Feast of the Annunciation?
It is the day that the Angel announced to Mary that she was going to be the Mother of Jesus, the Son of God.
12. What was the name of Emperor Constantine’s mother?
Helen
13. What was the name of the place where Adam and Eve lived?
Garden of Eden
14. Kyrie eleison means?
Lord Have Mercy
15. What are the three orders of the priesthood?
Deacon, Priest and Bishop
16. What words does the priest say when he administers Holy Communiion to us?
“The (handmaiden) of God . . .(name) receives the Body and Blood of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins and eternal life, Amen”
17. Who said: “You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide.”
John 15:16
18. What do we call any evil that enslaves us?
A demon
19. The necessary repentance and conditions are:
Confession, the laying on of the Priest’s hands and the prayer of absolution.
20. What is the sacrament that we receive as we enter our Christian life?
Baptism
21. What do we remember on Thursday night in Holy Week?
We remember the Crucifixion of Jesus
22. What does the word crucifixion mean?
Crucifixion means “nailing to the cross”
23. What was Jesus’s prayer to God on the cross?
“Father, forgive them, they don’t realize what they are doing”
24. What is the feast that celebrates the birthday of the Church?
Pentecost
25. What event was taking place at the time Jesus rode into Jerusalem?
The Passover

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7 and 8

1. When the Sacrament of Chrism is performed, the priest says . . .
“the seal of the gift of the Holy spirit”
2. What Holy Sacraments are required of Eastern Catholic Christians?
Baptism, Chrism, Confession and Holy Communion
3. What is the Menaion?
The book containing the daily services and remembrances of Saints and fixed Holy Days for each of the 12 months of the year.
4. What do we call the practice of each “generation” of Bishops being succeeded by another generation right down to the present time?
Apostolic Succession
5. What in our Holy Tradition guarantees the truth of the Church’s teaching?
Apostolic Succession
6. The sacrament of marriage in the church is divided into what two parts?
The Betrothal, or engagement ceremony The crowning, or actual sacrament of Marriage
7. To whom did God promise the land of milk and honey?
Abraham
8. Who was the father of King Solomon?
David
9. Who prophesied the birth of Christ?
Isaiah
10. Who fought the battle of Jericho?
Joshua
11. Who was the brother of Esau?
Jacob
12. Who was placed in a den with a lion?
Daniel
13. What are the three gifts Adam and Eve lost when they sinner?
Divine knowledge, fellowship with God, and the privilege of living with God forever in His Heavenly Kingdom
14. What part of the Liturgy begins with “Let us lift up our hearts”?
The anaphora
15. What is the prayer that calls upon the Holy Spirit to change the bread and wine?
The prayer of consecration
16 What are the words that Christ spoke at the last supper called?
Words of Institution
17. Who gave the Divine Liturgy the form we use today?
St. John Chrysostom
18. Who are the spiritual descendants of the apostles?
Priests and Bishops
19. What is another name of the Last Supper?
Mystical supper
20. The Blood Covenant instituted by Christ is called?
The New Covenant
21. Who are the Christians?
Christians are people who believe in Jesus and are baptized They believe Jesus I s the Son of God They love Him and obey Him They try to live as He lived
22. “He casts out demons by the prince of demons.” Matt 9 32-34 These words were spoken by ____________about _____________
Pharisees about Jesus
24. According to your faith be it done to you.” Matt 9:27 Jesus said this when He cured the ________________
blindmen
25. “O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.” These were the words that Jesus spoke to the ___________ whose daughter was possessed. (Matt 15:22-28)
Canaanite woman

MELKITE CHALLENGE (Grades 9-12)

1. When Nicodemus asked Jesus how he could enter the Kingdom of Heaven, Jesus answered and said,?
“Unless one is born anew, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God . . .Unless one is born of the water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3,5)
2. Who went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus.
Joseph of Arimathea
3. The tomb was made secure with a sealed ———–and a ________________
“Sepulcher secure by sealing the stone and setting a guard” (Matt 27.62-66)
4. In the account of the Resurrection the Disciples are called the “eleven” because?
Judas betrayed Jesus. When Jesus appeared in Jerusalem when the “eleven” were having supper with others and ate broiled fish with them (Luke 24< 36-51)
5. The Ascension took place _________________days after the Resurrection (Easter)?
“and was resurrected on the third day according to the Scriptures and ascended into Heaven . . .” Feast of the Ascension – 40 days after Pascha.
6. How many _separate accounts are there in the New Testament of Christ’s crucifixion and Resurrection?
4 gospels
7. The fact of Christ’s bodily death was proved by four sets of witnesses: these are?
1. Soldiers sent by Pilate to investigate and the centurion who reported back to him (Mark 15:42-47)
2. The Jewish priests and Pharisees who sealed the tomb and set a guard (Matt 27, 62-66)
3. Joseph and Nicodemus who wrapped the body in linen and spices (John 19, 38-42)
4. The women from Galilee who inspected the body and the tomb and went to prepare spices (Luke 23, 55-56)
8. Who was the doubting Disciple was and how did Christ permit him to resolve his doubt by ?
Thomas – Putting his fingers in the holes left by the nails and his hand in the wound left by the spear
9. Friday was known as the day of _____________________?
The Day of Preparation for the Passover _ Paraskeve (Gr)
10. Mary Magdalene mistook the Angel at the tomb for the ________________ ?
She saw an angel at the tomb and supposed him to be the gardener
11. The women returned to the tomb to bring _____________________?
Spices and ointments
12. Who wrote an account of the Divine Liturgy as it was celebrated about A.D. 110?
Justin Martyr
13. What was the name of the prophet who foretold the coming of Christ?
Isaiah
14. Who was the successor of Saul, the composer of many of the Psalms?
David
15. Name the fourth century Archbishop of Caesarea in Cappadocia who gave the Divine Liturgy the form which we still use ten times a year?
St. Basil the Great 16. Who prophesied that God would re-assemble the bones of the Israelite people and make them once more into a nation?
Ezekiel
17. Who was the first anointed
King of Judah Saul
18. Who fulfilled the Oral Covenant through his twelve sons?
Jacob
19. Who is a catechumen?
A person receiving instruction in the Christian faith.
20. What were the words that Jesus spoke to the Canaanite whose daughter was possessed. Matt. 15:22-28
“O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you desire.”
21. Jesus said this to the blind man?
Mark 10:46-52 “Go your way; your faith has made you whole.”
22. Jesus gave this answer to the Pharisees who criticized His choice of tax collectors and sinners as disciples
(Matt9:9-14) “They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick”
23. Jesus said this to the scribes who objected when He healed the paralytic?
(Mark2:3-13) “Which is easier to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven’, or to say, ‘Rise take up your bed and walk’?”
24. When Jesus sent forth His Twelve Disciples, He told them:?
“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons.” Matt 10:8
25. When He healed the epileptic, His Disciples asked why they had been unable to do this, and Jesus replied?
Jesus replied, “Because of your little faith” (Matt 17:14-20)
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 2, 3, 4 and 5

1. Who was the author of the first Gospel?
A. Matthew
2. Who was the author of the second Gospel?
A. Mark also called John
3. Who was the author of the 3rd gospel
A. St. Luke
4. Who wrote the 4th Gospel?
A. St. John
5. Who was the best loved disciple of Jesus Christ?
A. St. John who wrote the 4th gospel
6. When and where was John’s gospel written?
A. John’s gospel was written in Ephesus toward the end of the first century.
7. What are the first three gospels called?
A. Synoptic
8. 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?
9. The story of the birth of Jesus Christ is told in two of the Gospels – which two?
A. St. Luke and St. Matthew
10. What is the first beatitude?
A. Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11. What is the second beatitude?
A. Blessed are those who mourn , for they shall be comforted.
12. What is the third beatitude?
A. Blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth
13. What is the fourth beatitude?
A. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they shall be satisfied
14. Name for fifth beatitude?
A. Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy
15. What is the sixth beatitude?
A. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
16. What is the seventh beatitude?
A. Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called sons of God
17. What is the eighth beatitude?
A. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
18. 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.
19. In John 1:12 complete the verse “But as many as received Him, . . . .”
A. To them He gave power to become the sons of God .” .
The word Exodus means?
A. Going out
20. The Word Genesis means?
A. Beginning
21. What do the four gospels tells us?
A. They tell us the story of the Life of Jesus
22. What does the Book of Acts tell us?
A. The Book o Acts tells us how Jesus ascended into Heaven after telling the Apostles to go and preach the Christian faith to all people.
23. In the New Testament, how many letters were written by the Apostle Paul?
A. Fourteen letters
25. In the story of the Healing of the Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-30) how many did not return?
A. nine

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7 and 8

1 The word “Bible” means ?
A. book
2 Four records of the life of Jesus Christ called Gospels. are:
A. The Gospel according to St. Matthew
B. The Gospel according to St. Mark
C. The Gospel according to St. Luke
D. The Gospel according to St. John
3 What is the name of the record of the missionary work of the Apostles after the Ascension of Jesus Christ, written by Saint Luke?
A. The Acts of the Apostles
4. The name of the book of mysterious Prophecies describing the end of the world is called?
A. The book of revelations.
5. Where did Solomon build his temple?
A. Jerusalem
6. What was the most prominent city in Galilee?
A. Jerusalem
7. In Matthew 5:13 complete the verse “You are the salt of the earth;
A. But if the salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltness be restored?
8. In Matthew 5:17 complete the passage – “Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets;
A. I have come not to abolish them but to fulfilL them
9. What is a Prokimenon?
A. verse from psalms
10. A passage from the Old Testament read on Great Feast Days is?
A. Parameya
11. What is the name and date of the greatest of all the feasts of Mary, the Theotokos? Give the date
A. The Feast of the Annunciation – March 25
12. On what date does the Church year begin?
A. The church year begins on September 1
13. Name the mother and father of John the Baptist?
A. Zechariah and Elizabeth
14. Cite the book – chapter and verse of the story of Adam and Eve and their Fall?
A. Book of Genesis, Chapter 3, Verses 1-19
15. Cite the passage from scripture where Peter walks on Water?
A. Matthew 14-22-24
16. Who were the Hellenists?
A. Foreign Hebrews who lived abroad
17. Pagans and people who were not Hebrews were named?
A. Gentiles
18. What was the highest court made up of the Temple High Priest, former high priests, heads of tribes and Pharisees and Sadduces called?
A. Sanhedrin
19. Who were the Sadducees?
A. The Sadducees were usually wealthy landowners, who did not believe in life after death. They supported the Roman rulers.
20. A group or party of Hebrews who kept the law so strictly that they looked down on other people. They waited for the coming of the promised Messiah-the savior of Israel.
A. Pharisees
21. Meeting place for prayer and study of Holy Scriptures?
A. Synagogue
22. Collectors of taxes who had bought this right from the Romans
A. Publicans
23. Men in charge of the synagogue were called?
A. Elders
24. Who were the Essenes?
A. A religious community whose members gave up all property and lived together, spending their time in prayer , and study and copying the scripture.
25. Who were the descendants of Abraham who received through Moses God’s law and lived in Palestine, the promised land?.
A. The Hebrews or Jews

MELKITE CHALLENGE (Grades 9-12)

1. What is the theme of the liturgical service of Vespers ?
A. Creation of the World
2. What is the theme of the Liturgical service of Matins?
A. Preparation for Christ
3. What is the theme of the liturgical service of the 1st hour?
A. Creation of the Light of Day
4. What is the liturgical theme of the liturgical service of the 3rd hour?
A. Descent of the Holy Spirit
5. What is the theme of the Liturgical Service for the 6th Hour?
A. Crucifixion of Christ
6. What is the theme of the Divine Liturgy?
A. The Mystical Supper
7. What is the theme of the Liturgical Service of the 9th Hour?
A. Death of Christ on the Cross
8. Where in the Bible is this passage: “And the evening and the morning were the first day . . .” ?
A. Old Testament (Genesis 1-5)
9. To which part of the Bible does The Gospel according to St. Mark belong?
A. The Gospel according to St. Mark is in the New Testament.
10. To which part of the Bible does the book of Exodus belong?
a. The Book of Exodus is in the Old Testament
11 To which part of the Bible does the Book of Psalms belong?
A. The Book of Psalms belong in the Old Testament
12. To which part of the Bible does the Acts of the Apostles belong?
A. The Acts of the Apostles is in the New Testament
13. To which part of the Bible is the Book of Kings?
A. The Book of Kings is in the Old Testament.
14. To which part of the Bible is the Gospel according to St. John?
A. New Testament
15. To which part of the Bible is the Epistles?
A. New Testament
16. To which part of the Bible is the Book of the prophet Isaiah?
A. Old Testament
17. To which part of the Bible is the Book of Revelation?
A. New Testament
18. How is every book of the bible divided?
A. The Bible is divided into chapters.
19. How are the chapters of the Bible divided?
A. The chapters are divided into verses
20. Name the first five books of the Bible
A. Genesis – Exodus – Leviticus – Numbers – Deuteronomy
21. Complete the verse from John 4:13-14 “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst;
A. The water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”
22. At the wedding in Cana (John 2: 1-12 who asked Jesus to help the people?
A. Mary, His mother.
23. What did Jesus say to His disciples when there was a great tempest in the sea and the small ship was covered with water?
A. “Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith?” Then he arose and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.
24. In Matthew 14 the story of the Feeding of 5,000, what does this story tell us about Jesus?
A. Jesus ministered to the needs of the people.
It teaches us that Jesus had compassion for all those who are tired and hungry.It also teaches us that Jesus wants us to take part in His work with Him. He used the loaves and fishes the boy had given up to perform the miracle.
25 In the parable of the Paralytic of the Bethesda Pool (John 5:2-19) why were the Jews angry with Jesus for helping the paralyzed man?
A. Because He had done this on the Sabbath day
 
Other Challenge Questions ~|~ Set 1 ~|~ Set 2 ~|~ Set 3 ~|~ Set 4

MELKITE CHALLENGE – GRADES 2-5

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE – GRADES 6-8

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)

MELKITE CHALLENGE – GRADES 7-12

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

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 3, 4, AND 5

1 What is our work in the Liturgy?
A. To praise and worship God
2 The external signs used in baptism are:
A. Water, a robe and a candle
3 What is our privilege as God’s people?
A. We can call God ‘Our Father’
4 Name the New Testament book that tells about the first Christians?
A. The acts of the Apostles
5 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”
6 Name the passage from scripture that begins: “The Lord is my shepherd”
A. Psalm 23
7 What do we remember in the Divine Liturgy?
A. We remember all that Jesus did for our salvation.
8 Which name for Mary, the mother of God means “All Holy”?
A. Panagia
9 How do we become members of the people of God?
A. Through Baptism
10 Who were the first disciples?
A. Peter and his brother Andrew
11 What happens when we are Chrismated?
A. We are sealed in our new life with the Holy Spirit and we receive life in the Church through the Holy Spirit., the giver of Life.
12 What do we call One God and three Divine Persons?
A. The Holy Trinity
13 What do we call the first part of the Bible that tells the history of the Hebrew people?
A. The Old Testament
14 What do we do in the nave of the church?
A. In the nave we worship during the service
15 What are the words of the priest before we listen to the Bible read in Church?
A. Let us attend – Let us be attentive (this means to pay attention)
16 In the parable of the loaves and fishes, how many loaves of bread and how many fishes did the boy have?
A. Five loaves and two fish
17 What does the word ‘Gospel’ mean?’
A. The word Gospel means good news
18 Where is the Gospel in the Bible?
A. The Gospel is in the first four books of the New Testament
19 The name of the Prophet Elijah (Elias) means?
A. The name means “The Lord is my God”
20 On what feast day was the Trinity revealed?
A. The feast of Theophany
21 Name the prayer taught us by Jesus?
A. The Lord’s Prayer
22 What happened on Mt. Sinai?
A. Moses received the stone tablet on which are written the Ten Commandments
23 What saint said: “God became man, so that man can become God.?”
A. St. Athanasius
23 Who said the “Church is like one body, which has many parts.”?
A. St. Paul
24 What makes man different from animals?
A. The most important things is that man can speak while animals can not.
25 What do we sing after Holy Communion?
A. “We have seen the true light”

MELKITE CHALLENGE GRADES 6, 7 and 8

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.

MELKITE CHALLENGE (Grades 9-12)

1. In the Eastern Catholic Church, the baptismal service consists of what three mysteries?
A. Baptism, Chrismation and Holy Communion
2. What are the antiphons?
A. An antiphon is a short hymn made up of verses taken from the Old Testament psalms. They are meant to be sung by two groups alternating in answer to one another.
3. Who baptized Jesus?
A. John the Baptist
4. The evening service consisting of psalms, hymns, biblical canticles and litanies is called?
A. Vespers
5. What is the first book of the Pentateuch called?
A. Genesis meaning “beginning”
6. The word Kyrie Eleison, properly understood, should be rendered as?
A. Lord have mercy on us
7. How does the name “Gospel” tell us of its meaning?
A. It is the Good News of the coming of Christ our Savior
8. Who were the parents of the Theotokos?
A. St. Joachim and St. Anne
9. Who was the last prophet?
A. St. John the Baptist
10. What do we celebrate on Palm Sunday?
A. The entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem
11. What great miracle is celebrated on the Saturday of the 6th week of Great Lent?
A. The raising of Lazarus – the miracle of the triumph over death
12. The Church is one because?
A. As the body of Christ it cannot be divided
13. Who makes and blesses once a year the Holy Myron for the Mystery of Holy Christ?
A. The Patriarch on Holy Thursday
14. What passage from scripture refers to the purpose of our Christian life?
A. 2 Peter 1:4 “Partaker’s of the Divine Nature
15. What do we mean by Christ’s Incarnation?
A. By Christ’s incarnation, we mean His taking on human form.
16. What is the meaning of the word epistle?
A. Epistle means letter
17. The official version of the Greek Old Testament is called?
A. The Septuagint Greek version
18. The two sources from which Christianity draws its truths are?
A. Holy tradition and Holy Scripture
19. What does the sponsor at Baptism renounce?
A. The sponsor renounces Satan
20. What is the visible sign of the Holy Unction service?
A. The visible sign consist of the oil and small amount of wine which are blessed by the Priest and used for the anointing; they also include the words-prayers, hymns and scripture readings.
21. His brother was Esau. What was his name?
A. Jacob
22. What does it mean to blaspheme?
A. Speaking irreverently or cursing sacred things
23. God promised him the land of milk and honey. What is his name?
A. Abraham
24. What did God command Noah to do?
A. Build an Ark
25. Ten weeks before Easter are called?
A. Triodion

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