Antioch and Armenia

The next several lessons cover the growth of the national Orthodox churches from the 1500s to the present.  As an ongoing project, locate each country on a map of the world or a globe and mark it; learn its capital and geography from an encyclopedia.  With an older child, keep watch in the newspaper or news magazine for any mention of these countries in the next few weeks and make a scrapbook.



Home Activities:

  • Buy or paint a T-shirt that tells the world that the word “Christian” comes from Antioch. 
  • Review the story of the conversion of Saul, which occurred in Damascus, the seat of the Antiochian Patriarchate. 
  • Learn to sing the “Holy God” hymn in Arabic. 
  • Go back to the lesson on Islam and work again on your Arabic letters.
  • Make some traditional foods, especially for Holy Week when we’re fasting. Hummus is very easy to make in blender or food processor. Just put in 2 cans chick peas (drained), 1 chopped onion, 2 cloves minced garlic, 1 cup tomato puree, ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp. paprika, cayenne and black pepper to taste. After blending till smooth, garnish with chopped parsley.

Prayer: Lord, we pray for all the bishops of the Antiochian Orthodox Church.



Can you match the first half of each greeting with the second?


English: Christ is risen!                                  Voistinu voskrese!


                        Greek: Christos anesti!                        Adeverat inviat!


                        Russian: Christos voskrese!                Indeed He is risen!


                        Arabic: Al-masi-kam!                         Alethos anesti!


                        Romanian: Christos inviat!                 Haq an qaam!