Introduction to Liturgy

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius (BCS) located on Pittsburgh’s North Side is accepting applications for its second online course – Introduction to Liturgy – in the Certificate in Eastern Christian Studies.

Pittsburgh, PA, February 09, 2011 --(PR.com)-- The eight-week course - Intro to Liturgy - begins on February 14th and is designed to provide gifted people of faith with the skills necessary to read and critically assess liturgical materials with a particular focus on the Byzantine liturgical tradition. The online course is powered by The Learning House, Inc.

It will cover basic liturgical theology, liturgical prayer, monastic, cathedral, and hybrid liturgical offices and the historical development of the two Eastern Typika and conclude with an overview of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom as a pathway for thinking about the importance of liturgical language and translation, local liturgical traditions, and liturgical reform.

Fr. Stelyios Muksuris will be teaching the course, bringing a wealth of personal and professional expertise to his classroom. A priest in the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America, Fr. Stelyios has served a number of parishes in Greece as well as the United States. He has taught at St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH, the University of Pittsburgh’s Russian and Eastern European Studies Department and the Byzantine Catholic Seminary, Pittsburgh, PA. He currently serves as editor of the Greek Orthodox publication, Illuminator, as well as administrative assistant to the Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Pittsburgh.

The cost per course for students seeking a certificate is $500. Courses may be audited for $350. A non-refundable deposit of $50 is required at registration but will be applied toward the entry fee for those who enroll. The Online Learning Program at BCS not only serves Byzantine Catholic Churches, but the wider community interested in learning about the Eastern Church.

The entire online Certificate is offered in partnership with The Learning House, Inc., an online education partner that helps colleges and universities develop and deliver online degree programs. The Certificate is designed to provide students with a broad general grounding in the religious, historical and cultural traditions of Eastern Christianity. Curriculum includes eight online courses focusing on Scripture, liturgy, dogma and history.

Special attention is paid to the unique study of Eastern and specifically Byzantine Christianity and their place in Western, multicultural and multi-religious contexts. The Online Learning Program at BCS not only serves Byzantine Catholic Churches, but the wider community interested in learning about the Eastern Church.

Said one participant of this past fall’s initial offering, “ This was my first experience with an online course. I felt this was a good experience and the site was easy to use.” Of their comfort with what the Seminary presented, another offered, “I think the Seminary provides excellent teachers. The class moved quickly and the workload was steady. I especially appreciated the instructor’s input on the discussion boards.”

Those interested in learning more about the Seminary’s Online Learning Program can visit BCS Online Campus at http://online.byzcathsem.edu or contact Dr. Collins at 412-321-8383, ext. 23 | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. As classroom space is limited, we encourage all those who desire to attend the Introduction to Liturgy online course to register promptly and reserve their place.

About Byzantine Catholic Seminary
Byzantine Catholic Seminary of SS. Cyril and Methodius (www.byzcathsem.edu) is a school of theology whose primary mission is to prepare candidates for priestly ministry to the Byzantine Catholic Churches of North America. The academic programs of the Seminary are open to qualified off-campus students whether lay or religious. The Seminary is fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools of the United States and Canada.

About Learning House
The Learning House, Inc. (www.learninghouse.com) is a comprehensive online education solutions partner that helps colleges and universities offer and manage their online degree programs. Learning House provides a total online campus solution to each of its clients, including online course development and publishing, learning management system customization and hosting, online program marketing (www.elearnportal.com), 24/7 technology support, faculty and staff training, online education infrastructure and consulting.

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Teachings of Christ

'Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day." (John 6:53-54 ESV)

Exaltation of the Cross

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion - Tone 1)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

Willingly lifted up on the Cross, O Christ God, * bestow Your compassions upon the new commonwealth that bears Your name. * By your power grant joy to Your Church, * granting her victory over her enemies. * May she have your Cross as the weapon of peace * and the invincible ensign of victory. (Kontakion - Tone 4)

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross on September 14th.

Random Proverb

"My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live." (Proverbs 7:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

"'And [Naaman] dipped himself . . . seven times in the Jordan' [2 Kgs. 5:14]. It was not for nothing that Naaman of old, when suffering from leprosy, was purified upon his being baptized, but [this served] as an indication to us. For as we are lepers in sin, we are made clean, by means of the sacred water and the invocation of the Lord, from our old transgressions, being spiritually regenerated as new-born babes, even as the Lord has declared: `Except a man be born again through water and the Spirit, he shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.'"

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (190 AD), Fragment 34