A Simple Catechism of the Orthodox Faith

Who created us?
God did.
Who loves us more than anyone else loves us?
God does.
Who is God?
God is the Holy Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
Who is Jesus Christ?
God the Son Who became man for our salvation
What is the goal of the Christian life?
Theosis or union with God
What is theosis?
Becoming holy, God-like
How do we become holy?
Through the Holy Mysteries and asceticism.
What are Holy Mysteries?
God’s transforming gifts of grace, the Sacraments
What is grace?
The uncreated divine energy and power of the Holy Spirit
What are the first three Holy Mysteries?
Baptism, Chrismation, and Holy Communion
What do these accomplish?
They give us the Holy Spirit, cleanse us from our sins, grant us eternal life, and they unite us with Christ.
What must we do if we sin after Baptism?
Repent and go to Confession.
What is the greatest of the Holy Mysteries?
Holy Communion
What is asceticism?
Spiritual exercise; obeying the commandments of Christ.
What are the two greatest commandments of Christ?
To love God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Name four spiritual exercises.
Prayer, fasting, almsgiving (acts of mercy), and spiritual reading
Why do we go to Church?
To worship God and to receive the Holy Mysteries.
What is worship?
Praising and thanking God for Who He is and all that He does for us.
What attitude must we have as Christians?
Humility, gratitude, and joy
What happens when we die?
Jesus Christ will judge us by His commandments, whether we really loved God and others, or not.
Then what?
Then those who love God will experience eternal peace and joy in God’s Kingdom, and those who do not love God will experience sorrow and misery.