Questions About The Sunday of All Saints

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QUESTION 1

When is the Sunday of All Saints? Speculate why. Where is the service found (which service book)?

QUESTION 2

What is a "Saint"? What does the word literally mean?

QUESTION 3

Why do Christians pray to the Saints? Describe their attitude and expectations in these prayers. Why is this prayer so misunderstood by non-Orthodox?

QUESTION 4

Describe the "procedure" in which someone becomes recognized as a Saint.

QUESTION 5

Why does the Orthodox Church think so much about the Saints? What do the Protestants and other non-Orthodox who profess belief in Christ think about them? Speculate why.

QUESTION 6

Abba Poemen said that Abba John said that the saints are like a group of trees, each bearing different fruit, but watered from the same source. The practices of one saint differ from those of another, but it is the same Spirit that works in all of them."

The church recognizes the diversity of the Saints by giving titles to many of them. Here is one: "Equal to the Apostles". What does this mean? Give at least 3 examples of Saints who were "equal to the Apostles."

QUESTION 7

Another title given to some saints is "Fool for Christ". Explain. Give at least one example.

QUESTION 8

What is an "Unmercenary Healer"? Give an example.

QUESTION 9

Some of the Saints we love were "baptized by blood". Describe what this exceptional occurrence is and give a scenario.

QUESTION 10

The church is always aware of the phalanx of the Saints, and knows that they are present during the Divine Liturgy. In token of this, the priest commemorates nine separate "ranks" or categories of the Saints before the Divine Liturgy.

Which service is this done in? What are the nine ranks? What do these ranks symbolize?





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