MET. HIEROTHEOS VLACHOS
Title: Entering the Orthodox Church: The Catechism and Baptism of Adults
Binding: Paper Back
Book Condition: New
Publisher: Birth of the Theotokos Monastery 2006
9607070526 / 9789607070524
Seller ID: 91704
In an unusual but effective approach to catechism, the Parable of the Prodigal Son provides the template for Metropolitan Hierotheos' expansion of the fundamental tenets of Orthodox Faith: the nature of God, Man and the Fall, the Church, the Communion of Saints, etc. The whole of salvation history is encapsulated in the narrative of the loving Father who sees His prodical creation depart into the strange country of disobedience and corruption (the wallowing with the swine in the mud provides ample matter for the themes of spiritual sickness and ascetical therapy we find everywhere in Hierotheos' work), welcomes its return with open arms and hastens its healing through the banquet of the sacrificed Fatted Calf. Those looking for a more traditional catechism will not be disappointed, however; the second half allows the Nicene Creed to guide the lessons. The opening and closing sections provide patristically grounded advice for priests and catechists as to the proper way to form the catechetical process, emphasizing the necessity of planting the baptized into a local parish, so that catechesis finds its fruition in holiness and deifictaion. 203 pp.