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Hellenic College Holy Cross

50 Goddard Avenue

Brookline, MA 02445

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A five-day program offering Orthodox Christians of all jurisdictions an opportunity to enhance their knowledge of the faith and enrich their spiritual lives. Courses include:

  • Introduction to Orthodox Spirituality – V. Rev. Dr. Maximos Constas
    This course is designed as a general introduction to the history, literature, and practice of Orthodox Spirituality. The course begins with (1) an introductory lecture exploring the meaning and place of spirituality in the ​Orthodox ​Church, and the challenges of following a spiritual path in the modern world. We will then survey (2) the major sources of Orthodox spirituality, from the Sayings of the Desert Fathers to the work of modern elders and spiritual teachers. Our third meeting will focus on (3) the various stages of the spiritual life, with emphasis on actual practices and ways of living. The final two meetings (4-5) consider the Philokalia and the Prayer of the Heart (the “Jesus Prayer”).

  • Reading Scripture through the Church Year – Dr. Bruce Beck
    This course will explore the ways Scripture is read within the services and lectionary cycle of the Orthodox Church, in order to receive spiritual benefits from the practice of reading scripture as Orthodox Christians. The course will examine how the Scripture is used within a select number of the major liturgical feasts (e.g. Nativity, Epiphany, Exaltation of the Holy and Life Giving Cross, etc.), including their hymns, icons, and scriptural texts, in order to become better tuned to the Orthodox (Patristic) methods of biblical interpretation. Our goal throughout is to gain knowledge, resources, and practices that can aid in the spiritual journey of each participant. By reading together select hymns, scripture passages, and studying festal icons, we hope to imitate their lofty veneration of the Scriptures, and be mentored by their illumined ways of interpreting them within a liturgical context. In addition, participants will gain a greater appreciation for the continuity between the Old Testament and the life of the Church, especially as biblical characters are lifted up as models of faith, and as biblical events are lifted up as foreshadowing the events of salvation of the Christian faith. Primary sources will include the Festal Menaion, festal icons, the Triodion, Kontakia of St. Romanos the Melodist, hymns by St. John of Damascus and others, all of which demonstrate beautifully for us Orthodox ways of reading Scripture within the liturgical cycle of the Orthodox Church.


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How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contat Jay Ostrosky, Registrar, at jostrosky@hchc.edu 617-850-1261.


Is parking available on campus?

Yes. Parking is free and readily available.


What time do classes start and end each day?

Classes will begin at 9:00 AM and end at 3:00 PM.


What is the attire?

Casual attire. Please no shorts or sleeveless shirts in the chapel. Holy Cross is a seminary.


Will the Library be available?

Yes. Students may access the library for general use.


What are the dining options?

Lunch is included for all particiants. Breakfast/lunch/dinner is included for all lodging students. Non-lodging students may purchase breakfast/dinner on campus.


Will there be Chapel services?

Yes. 8:00 AM to 8:30 AM and 5:00 PM to 5:30 PM daily. All are welcome.


What are the class meeting times?

Reading Scripture through the Church Year (Beck) 9-11 AM

Intro to Orthodox Spirituality (Constas) 1-3 PM



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