GOD'S LAW CURRICULUM FOR HIGH SCHOOLS
Preliminary

     Curriculum for Russian Church High-School "Saints Cyrril and Methodius Gimnaziya" in San Francisco, CA.

1. Curriculum for "Preparatory Grades"

1.1 - Junior Preparatory Grade [Age 7]
     Understanding of God, angels, and saints. About prayer, about crossing oneself, bowing, icons, church, paradise, sin, and about hell.
     Prayer to the Holy Trinity, prayer Our Father, prayers to the Virgin Mary: The Angelic Salutation to the Mother of God and Hymn of Praise to the Theotokos.
     Christmas and Easter Troparions.
     To be able to tell from illustrations about Christmas, Baptism of Jesus, and Resurrection of Christ.

1.2 - Intermediate Preparatory Grade [Age 8]
     Prayers learned in the previous year to be repeated.
     Prayers: Before and After Meals, Before and After Lessons, Prayer to the Guardian Angel, and Prayer to one's Saint.
     To be able to tell about the 12 Major Holidays.

1.3 - Senior Preparatory Grade [Age 9]
     The Creed, Morning and Evening Prayers with short explanations.
     Prayers learned in previous classes to be repeated.

2. Curriculum for "Gimnaziya"

2.1 - 1st Grade: History of the Old Testament
[Age 10]
     Creation of the World, Days of the Creation. Creation of Adam and Eve. The Fall into Sin of the first people, Kain and Abel. The Flood. Children of Noah. The Building of the Towel of Babel, and Scattering of the Peoples.
     The choosing of Abraham. Lot. Three Strangers appear to Abraham. Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Offering of Isaac as a Sacrifice. Jacob's Vision of the Mystical Ladder. Joseph, Sale into Egypt, and Joseph's Meeting with His Brothers.
     Moses, His Birth. The Exodus of the Hebrew People and Mount Sinai. Pasha. Escape Through the Red Sea. The Miracles in the Mount Sinai Desert. The Law of God given to Moses. The Tabernacle[?]. The Entry of the Israelites into the Promised Land - Jesus Navin[?]. Taking of . Battle by. Long Suffering Job[?].
     Judges: Gedeon [?], Samson, Samuel.
     King Saul. King Prophet David. King Solomon. Division of the Israelite Kingdom into two: Israel and Judea, and their Destinies.
     Prophets: Elijah, Elisha, Jonah, Isaia [?] Friends of Prophet Daniel: Ananias, Azarias & Misael and the Burning Furnace of Babylon. Prophet Daniel in the Lion's Den. Brothers Maccabees.
     Prayers: Morning, Evening, and to the Guardian Angel to be repeated.
     Memorize by heart the Ten Commandments.

2.2 - 2nd Grade: The History of the New Testament: [Age 11]
     The Nativity of the Holy Virgin Mary. The Entry into the Temple of the Most Holy Virgin Mary. The Annunciation of the Mother of God.
     Nativity of the Savior. Adoration of the Magi (wise men). Presentation of the Lord in the Temple. The Savior in the Temple as a Youth. St. John the Baptist. The Baptism of the Lord Jesus Christ.
     First Disciples of Jesus Christ. The First Miracle. Banishment of the Merchants from the Temple. The Healing of the Paralytic. The Sermon on the Mount. Forgiveness of the woman sinner by Jesus Christ. Raising of the Daughter of Jairus. Raising of the Widows Sonat Nain. The Parable of the Sower. The Stilling of the Storm. Healing of the demoniac from Gadarenes [Mark 5:1].
     The Beheading of the St. John the Baptist.
     The Miraculous Feeding of People with Five Loaves. Jesus Christ walking on the Water. The Healing of the Daughter of the Canaanite Woman.
     The Transfiguration of the Lord. The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus[?]. The healing of ten Lepers. Jesus Christ Teaches the Rich Youth. The blessing of the Children. The Parable of the Good Samaritan.
     The Parable of the Merciful King and the Unmerciful Creditor. The Parable of the Pharisee and the Publican[?]. The Prodigal Son. The Parable of the Ten Virgins and Talents.
     Jesus Christ's teaching about the End of the World and Last Judgment. The Parable of the Wicked Tenants[?]. The raising of Lazarus.
     Jesus Christ's Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem. The Mystical Last Supper. The Betrayal by Judas. Jesus Being Taken into Captivity. The Judgment at the Pharisee Caiafa[?]. The Trial of Jesus Christ Before Pilate. The Crucifixion and Death of Jesus Christ. The Burial of the Savior.
     The Resurrection of the Lord. The Appearance of the Risen Jesus Christ. The Ascension of the Jesus Christ. The Descent of the Holy Spiriton the Apostles.
     The Dormition of the Mother of God. The Elevation of the Cross of the Lord.
     Troparions of the Ten Feasts to be memorized, as selected by the teacher.

2.3 3rd Grade: Church Service [Age 12]
     The Altar, the Altar Table and the Sacred Objects on it.
     The Circle of Services: Daily, Weekly and Yearly.
     Most often used rites during the Church Services.
     Vestments for Deacon, Priest and Bishop.
     Church Feasts and Lents.
     Ektenyas [Litanies]. The Service Books.Persons performing Church Services.
     The origin of the All-Night Vigil. Evening Vespers[?]. Morning Service (Six Psalms, Kafizmas, Polieley, Canon, Great Glorification[?]. 1st Hour.
     The Hours: 3rd, 6th and 9th. The Proskomedia. The Liturgy of the Catechumens.
     The Liturgy of the Faithful (the transfer of the Holy Gifts to the Altar, preparation for the consecration of the Holy Gifts, consecration of the Holy Gifts, and memorial of all Members in the Heavenly and Earthly Churches, preparation of the Faithful for the Communion, receiving the Holy Communion by Clergy and Layman, thanking for the Communion, and blessing for the departure from the Church).
     Lents of the Orthodox Church. The order of the Great Lent Service. The Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, and of Presanctified Gifts.

2.4 - 4th Grade: History of the Christian Church: [Age 13]
     The Descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Preaching of the Apostles in Jerusalem.Life of the First Christians. Persecution of by Sinedrion. The killing of archideacon St. Stephen. Baptism of the Samaritans and eunuch [yevnukha] of the Ethiopian Queen's. Baptism of the Roman military officer [sotnik] Cornelius, the conversion of Saul. The establishment of the Church in Antioch.The Apostolic Council.
     The travels and missionary work of apostle Paul.
     Saint Apostles Peter, John the Theologian, St. Andrew the First-Called, and St. James the Righteous.
     The destruction of Jerusalem. The persecution by pagans.
     Holy Martyrs: Ignatius Bishop of Antioch, Polycarp Bishop of Smyrna, St. Martyr George the Victorious.[?]
     Holy Martyrs Sophia, Faith, Hope and Love, Holy Great Martyr Anastasia the comforter. Holy Great Martyr Catherine and Queen Augusta. Great Martyr Barbara Martyr.[?]
     Constantine the Great. Last struggle of paganism with Christianity.
     Heresies and Divisions. The Ecumenical Councils.
     Holy Fathers and Teachers of the Church. Afanasius the Great, Basil the Great, Gregory the Theologians, the [?] [Svyatitel'] and Miracle-worker Nicholas Archbishop of Mirlikia[?], St. John Chrysostom.
     Holy Fathers and Teachers of the Western Church: Amvrosy of Mediolansk[?], Blessed Ieronim, Blessed Augustus, John of Damascus.
     The origin of monasticism.The Church administration.
     Separation of the Western Church from the Orthodox Church.
     The origin of the Reformation, and separation of number of communities from the Roman Catholic Church. Lutherans or Protestants. Reformats[?] or Calvinists[?]. Anglicans.
     Christian communities and sects in the West after the Reformation.

2.5 - 5th Grade: History of the Russian Church: [Age 14]
     Saints Brothers Kyrill and Methodius.
     Kievan Period
     Christianity in Russia before Holy Count Vladimir. St. Equal-of-the-Apostles Prince Vladimir. Conversion of Russia to Christianity. The wholesome influence of the Christian Faith on Russian people. Saints Boris and Gleb.
     Organization of the Russian Church and its governing. St. Michael our first metropolitan.
     Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra[?]. The Founder - St. Anthony. The Venerable Feodosiy.
     Russian Church during the time of Tatars yoke. St. Michael the Prince of Chernigov, and Boyar Feodor. St. Right-believer [?] Alexander Nevsky.

     Moscow Period
     Metropolitan Kirill II. St. Metropolitan Peter. St. Metropolitan Alexey. Foundation of the Holy Trinity Sergyevsky Lavra.
     St. Stefan the Enlightener of Zaryan [?]. The Solovetsky abode. St. Savvaty and Zosima.
     The Division of Russian metropolis into Moscowian and Kievan. The Independence of the Russian Church. Metropolitan Iona.
     Heresies and divisions. Correction of Church Books. The Enlightenment by Christianity of Kazan and Astrakhan. Metropolitan Fillip II.
     The Patriarchate in Russia.First Patriarch Job. Patriarch Germogen. The contribution of the Holy Trinity Sergievsky Lavra during the time of impostors. Patriarch Filaret. Patriarch Nikon. Correction of the Church Service Books.
     Springing up of divisions. Main confusing contradictions: the Popovcy, non-Popovcy, the Douchobors, the Molokans and the Khlisty.
     The Brest-Litovsk Union. Metropolitan Peter Mogila.

     Petersburg Period
     The Holy Synod. The activity of the Synod.
     Orthodox Missions. Metropolitan Filofey. St. Innokentiy of Irkutsk. Archimadrite Makariy. Protoirey John Venyaminov (the future metropolitan of Moscow Innokentiy). The Mission in Caucasus.
     Chinese and Japanese Orthodox Missions. Russian Mission in America.
     Edinoverie (Old Believers sect). Joining of Uniats with the Orthodox Church.
     Sects in Russia: Shundists, Baptists, Adventists.
     Few saints of this period; St. Dimitriy of Rostov. St. Mitrofan of Voronezh. St. Tikhon of Zadonsk. St. Feodosiy of Chernigov. The Venerable Seraphim of Sarov. St. Joseph of Belgorod. St. John of Kronshtadt.[?]
     Not yet canonized God's servants [ugodniki]: Archimandrite Paisey of Velichovsky, Staretz Amvrosy of Optina. Blessed Xenia.
     The Moscow Council 191718. The Restoration of the Patriarchate.
     Brutal persecution of the Church by the Bolsheviks. The new martyrs. Attempts of Bolsheviks to split the Church into "obnovlencev" and "zhivocerkovnikov". The Declaration of Metropolitan Sergey, and its grave consequences. The Russian Orthodox Church outside Russia, as the free part of our [rodnaya] Russian Mother Church.

2.6 - 6th Grade: The Orthodox Catechism: [Age 15]
     Study of the Faith:
     Catechism. Gods Revelation. The Holy Scriptures. The Holy Tradition. The Books of the Holy Scripures of the Old and New Testament. Non Canonical Books.
     The Creed. Explanation of every article of the Creed with parallel examples taken from the Scriptures.
     Morality: The teaching about Hope.
     Jesus Prayer (with explanation about petitions[?]). Glorification.
     The Beatitudes (with explanation of every Commandment).
     The Teaching about Love.
     The Teaching about the Law of God and His Commandments.The Division of the Commandments into two part. The Ten Commandments with Explanations.

2.7 - 7th Grade: Apologetics: [Age 16]
     Understanding about God and Religion.The Theory about the origin of Religion. Religion and science. Pagan philosophy the road toward Religion. The True Religion. The Meaning of Christianity in Life. Proof of God's Existence. Understanding about Revelation.
     The Sacred Scriptures of the Old Testament.The Sacred Scriptures of the New Testament. Understanding about the Holy Tradition. Christian teaching about God. Understanding about Creation. Darwin's Theory. Unity of humankind. First sin and its heredity. Bad spirits. The Possibility of salvation of a fallen man.
     The Dogma of Incarnation of God's Son. Greatness and Godly Dignity[?] of Jesus Christ. The Prophetic Service of Jesus Christ. First High Priest Service of Jesus Christ[?]. Jesus Christ's Church service.The Teaching about Salvation of Man.
     Holy Church and its Organization. Understanding about Talents[?] and Ceremonies. Personal judgement of the dead. The Second coming of Jesus Christ.

2.8 - 8th Grade: Christian Morality: [Age 17]
     The course follows Metropolitan Philaret's textbook "Morality". Below is the list of chapters from the book:
     (1) Conscience and Moral Responsibility. (2) The Nature of Sin. (3)Virtue. (4) God's Law. (5) Freedom of Will. (6) The Christian "I". (7)Humility. (8) Conversion of Sinners. (9) Grace and Salvation. (10)Learning and Religion. (11) Emotional Development. (12) On Christian Hope. (13) Education and Development of the Will. (14) Strengthening the Will with Work and Vows. (15) The Struggle Against Lust. (16) Other Carnal Problems; Christian Death. (17) Christian Justice. (18) Falsehood; Christian Charity. (19) Envy; Cursing and Anger. (20) Insolvent Ethical Systems. (21) Christian Love as the Basic Principle of Morality. (23) The Orthodox Family. (24) Family and Society; Patriotism. Christian Service; War. (25) Christianity and Communism. (26) The Unity of Love for God and Neighbor. (27) The Christian Obligation to Know God. (28) The Necessity of Prayer. (29) The Model of Christian Prayer. (30) Prayer, Feasts and Fasts.

 
Reference
1. Curriculum in God's Law for Schools K-12 (in Russian).
(-31).

2. [ ] - Notes by the translator.


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