The Byzantine Online program at Saints Cyril and Methodius Seminary has announced the following online courses for the Spring 2017 semester.
COURSES FOR CERTIFICATE CREDIT:
The Word of Life: Seven Characteristics of the Bible for Byzantine Christians (Fr. Deacon Daniel Dozier, Word of Life Institute)
This course explores the central place of the Bible (Sacred Scripture) in the life and mission of the Church. Drawing on the rich liturgical, catechetical and patristic traditions of Byzantine Christianity, we will identify Seven Characteristics of the Bible: the Word of God, the Church’s Book, a Book of Books, a Story of Stories, a Ladder of Mysteries, a Book of the Liturgy and a Disciple’s Handbook. By completing this course, students will be able to identify some of the ways that biblical texts, imagery, stories and allusions both form and inform what we believe (doctrine), how we worship (liturgy) and our spiritual lives (discipleship) in the Church.
Plainchant in the Byzantine Catholic Church (Jeff Mierzejewski, Metropolitan Cantor Institute)
This course will examine the prostopinije, or plainchant, of the Byzantine (Ruthenian) Catholic Church. Prospective students who already participate in the Byzantine Catholic Church will have the opportunity to broaden and deepen their understanding of our liturgical chant, and how it is used in our services. Students from other churches or disciplines will be provided with a living example of a complete system of liturgical chant, and learn how it has been used in the past, and is used today.
COURSES FOR COLLEGE CREDIT:
Theology of the Divine Praises (Fr. David Petras, Professor Emeritus)
This course will survey the theological, spiritual and historical elements of the Liturgy of the Hours in the Christian church.
Any cantor who is interested in serious study of our Scripture, liturgy, and music should consider taking one of these course somes time. For more information, or to register, go to online.bcs.edu.