Topics and Scripture Verses:
We have tables available of topics and readings for each week of the Sunday School year at Holy Cross. Please click on a month below to see its assigned topics and Scripture verses:
If you have any questions about the schedule or about Sunday School, please contact the School Coordinator.
Sunday School at Holy Cross
And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. Romans 12:2
The Way of Christ has never been the way of this world, and our precious children are growing up in a secular culture that powerfully teaches them principles and values very different from those of Orthodox Christianity. In our mission church, we aspire to offer our children:
- A starting foundation of Christian teaching, based on patristic understanding of Holy Scripture,
- The beginning of a lifelong habit of regular participation in the divine services of the Church and the Holy Mysteries,
- Cultivating an Orthodox Christian mind, or phronema, that will help them as they navigate through the secular world in which we live for the rest of their lives, and
- Making friends, enjoying Orthodox fellowship, and experience of the loving koinonia, or communion, in which we unite as the Body of Christ.
For the 2011 - 2012 school year, the Holy Cross Sunday School will be studying the Life of Christ. As part of our study, students are being asked to memorize a different scripture verse each week. The verse is aligned with the topic for that particular week. The hope is that by studying the verses every night at home, the students will develop a deeper understanding of Christ's life and His mission to do the will of His Father. Through this understanding, students are encouraged to follow Christ's example, as we all try to do the will of the Father. To see a list of topics and the verses associated with each topic, grouped by month, please refer to the links at the top-right of this page ("Topics and Scripture Verses").
St. Macrina the Teacher
Saint Macrina the Younger was the older sister of St. Basil the Great and St. Gregory of Nyssa. St. Gregory honored her for her sanctity and her ascetic life.
Acknowledging her influence on the whole family and others, in two of his works," The Life of Macrina" and "The Dialogue on the Soul and the Resurrection," St. Gregory portrayed St. Macrina as the ideal Christian Teacher, teaching both by word and her own example, seeking God with her whole heart and mind.