his is a book interpreting the readings from the Epistle and Gospel for each Sunday. It explains the basic teachings of our faith and their implications for society today.
As well as being an aid to both catechumens and the faithful, it is also a reference book for sermons and talks. Preaching is an integral part of the Divine Liturgy and of worship, because there are readings of passages from the Gospels and Epistles chosen by the Church at every service. Understanding these readings is not a matter for the intellect or imagination. It does not depend on our mental capacity, but on our spiritual state. When the heart is impure it cannot interpret the divine word correctly. The word of God has divine energy and eternal power which transforms people. This book is divided into four sections. The first section describes how catechesis was carried out according to our Church’s tradition. It was not superficial intellectual instruction, but a complete method of healing and nurture which led the catechumen into the life of the Church. There is also a short and simple commentary on the Creed, which sets out the basic elements of the faith and confession of the Church. The following sections are entitled ‘God and Man’, ‘Church and World’ and ‘Spiritual Life and Life in Society’. Although the texts are divided into sections, there is clearly some overlapping between them. Christological themes are examined, as well as what the Church is, what its aims are, and how it relates to the world. There is a discussion of the Sacraments and the Church’s sacramental life. Spiritual and social issues are analysed. The explanatory commentaries in this book are based on the teaching of the Fathers of the Church, who were unerring interpreters of the Scriptures
Μητροπολίτης Ναυπάκτου Ιερόθεος