The titles in Bold are strongly recommended and will be used during the class.


1.       Introducing the Orthodox Church, Anthony  Coniaris , the Revised Edition, 2007

2.       Orthodoxy 101, A Bird’s Eye View, Fr. Evagoras Constantinides

3.       Entering the Orthodox Church – The Catechism and Baptism of Adults, Metropolitan of Nafpaktos Hierotheos

4.       The Orthodox Faith - An Elementary Handbook, 4 Volumes, Father Thomas Hopko (text available online)

5.       The Orthodox Church, Timothy Ware, 1993

6.       Becoming Orthodox – A Journey to the Ancient Christian Faith, Fr. Gillquist, 1992


7.       The Orthodox Study Bible – New Testament and Psalms

8.       The Orthodox Study Bible – Old and New testament

9.       Bread for Life, Theodore Stylianopoulos


10.    Hear Me – A Prayerbook for Orthodox Teens, Annalisa Boyd

11.    An Introduction to Prayer, Dean Talagan (pocket size, Panagia and Christ on cover)

12.    Orthodox Prayer Book, Holy Protection Monastery, Lake George, CO

13.    A Pocket Prayer Book, Antiochian Church (Pocket size, red) or

14.    Prayer Book, Holy Trinity Monastery Jordanville (pocket size, hard cover)

15.    The Art of Prayer – An Orthodox Anthology, Igumen Chariton of Valamo

16.    Three Prayers – Olivier Clement


17.    The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Fr. John Magoulias (Greek, Transliterated Greek and English with brief explanations). To be used in church.

18.    Guide to the Divine Liturgy, Robert Krantz (available in pdf)

19.    Great Lent, Alexander Schmemann

20.    The Lenten Triodion, Metropolitan Kallistos Ware

21.    Holy Week and Pascha, Fr. George Papadeas. The services of the Holy Week and Pascha.

22.    Holy Week, Robert Krantz. Each day has a book with explanations.

23.    The Service of the Small Paraklesis to the Most Holy Theotokos

Mysteries (Sacraments):

24.    The Truth of Our Faith On the Christian Mysteries, Elder Cleopa of Romania

25.    For the Life of the World, Alexander Schmemann

26.    Of Water and the Spirit, Alexander Schmemann

27.    The Orthodox Faith - An Elementary Handbook, Volume 2, Chapter 2, Father Thomas Hopko

28.    Baptism, by the DRE or Service of Catechism and the Sacrament of Baptism, Father Evagoras Constantinides

29.    The mystery of Repentance and Confession in the Orthodox Church, Fr. Peter Chamberas

30.    The Forgotten Medicine: The Mystery of Repentance, Seraphim Aleksiev

31.    Return, Arch Nektarios Antonopoulos (out of print - ask for a scanned copy)

32.    Love, Sexuality and the Sacrament of Marriage, Dn. John Chryssavgis

33.    On the Priesthood, St. John Chrysostom

Church History:

34.    The Orthodox Church, A Journey Through Church History, Fr. George Nicozisin

35.    The Orthodox Church, Timothy Ware

36.    The Orthodox Faith - An Elementary Handbook, Volume 3, Chapter 5, Father Thomas Hopko

The Virgin Mary (Theotokos):

37. The Orthodox Veneration of the Mother of God, saint John Maximovith

38. For the Hope of Humanity, Michael George Tshichlis

39. On the Dormition of Mary - Early Patristic Homilies by Saint Vladimir Seminary Press

Way of Life:

40.    How to Live a Holy Life, Metropolitan Gregory

41.    The Gurus, the Young Man and Elder Paisios, Dionysios Farasiotis


42.    The Heart – An Orthodox Christian Spiritual Guide, Archimandrite Spyridon Logothetis

43.    The Ladder, St. John Climacus

44.    The Path to Salvation, St. Theophan the Recluse

Other good readings – a list of 172 titles: