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Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology is offering an excellent opportunity for Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions to enhance their knowledge of the Faith and enrich their spiritual lives this summer. “Training Laborers for the Lord” is a five-day program of three courses taking place on the campus of Hellenic College Holy Cross from July 31 – August 4.

“This one-week offering is a wonderful experience of intellectual rigor and spiritual nourishment, allowing the non-specialist to engage in foundational aspects of Orthodox Christian doctrine and practice, said James C. Skedros, PhD, Dean of Holy Cross. “The three courses being offered this summer, all taught by well-known Orthodox theologians and scholars on the Holy Cross faculty, will provide insights into the sacraments, theology, and Scripture, and their interconnectedness within the life of the Church. An added benefit will be the opportunity for daily worship at Orthros and Vespers/Paraklesis.”

Orthodox Theology will introduce the dogmatic teachings of the Orthodox Church on the Trinity, Christology, Pneumatology, and eschatology. This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Emmanuel Clapsis, MDiv, PhD, Archbishop Iakovos Professor of Orthodox Theology.

The Sacraments, taught by Rev. Fr. Philip Zymaris, MDiv, ThD, Assistant Professor of Liturgics, will present an overview of the sacraments of initiation (baptism, chrismation, and eucharist) and those of marriage and unction.

The Bible in Orthodoxy will provide an introduction to the Christian Bible (context, canon, theologies), focusing on Orthodox modes of biblical interpretation (hermeneutics). This course will be taught by Rev. Fr. Eugen Pentiuc, ThD, PhD, Professor of Old Testament and Hebrew.

Commenting on the program, Rev. Fr. Christopher T. Metropulos said, “This one-week program is just one part of extensive, increased activity at Hellenic College Holy Cross this summer. These courses offer tremendous value toward the contemplation and practice of the Orthodox Faith for all levels and all jurisdictions of Orthodox Christians. It is my hope that as many men and women of our Faith as possible will participate, and visit our campus to share in worship, study, and fellowship.” 

Rev. Fr. Christopher concluded that additional programs and courses facilitating continuing education will be forthcoming.  

For more information or to register, please contact Jay Ostrosky at or 617.850.1261.

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