These Truths We Hold

These Truths We Hold

These Truths We Hold: The Holy Orthodox Church, Her Life and Teachings

Please note, this book does not contain the services, hymns and readings listed, but a description of them.

Chapter 1: A Brief History of the Orthodox Church
- The Holy Apostles
- Other Apostles
- The Persecutions
- The Seven Councils
- The Great Schism
- Notable Fathers of the Early Period
- Notable Fathers of the Early Byzantine Period
- Notable Fathers of the Early Byzantine Period
- The Conversion of the Slavs
- The Conversion of Russia: Russian Orthodox Church
- World Orthodoxy Today: Constantinople, Mt Athos, Finland, Alexandria, Antioch, Jerusalem, Russia, Georgia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Poland Czechoslovakia, Sinai, Japan
- Orthodoxy in America: The Martyrdom of Hieromonk Juvenaly, The Martyrdom of the Aleut Peter, Our Venerable Father Herman of Alaska, Our Father among the Saints Innocent, Our Lady of Sitka
- Other Orthodox Communities of America

Chapter 2: The Church Building and its Servers
- External Arrangement
- Internal Arrangement
- The Iconostasis
- The Altar and its Furnishings, The Antimension
- The Sacristy
- The Vestry
- The Bells
- Candles and their Symbolism
- Church Services and their Vestments: Reader, Subdeacon, Deacon, Priest, Bishop

Chapter 3: Orthodox Worship
- The Five Cycles: The Great Cycle of Life, The Daily Cycle, The Weekly Cycle, The Annual Cycle of Movable Feasts, The Annual Cycle of Fixed Feasts
- Services of the Daily Cycle: 9th Hour, Vespers, Compline, Nocturns, Matins, 1st Hour, 3rd and 6th Hours, Typical Psalms, Interhours, Royal Hours
- The Divine Liturgy: Liturgy of Preparation, Liturgy of the Catechumens, Liturgy of the Faithful, The Eucharistic Canon (Anaphora), Holy Communion
- The Liturgy of St Basil the Great
- The Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts
- Liturgical Music
- Liturgical Books
- Short Glossary of Liturgical Terms
- Concerning Bows and the Sign of the Cross
- Fasting
- Fasting Seasons and Days
- Fasting Rules
- Great Lent and the Paschal Cycle: The Date of Pascha, Paschalia, Sundays of Preparation, Great Lent, Passion (Holy) Week, Holy Pascha, The Catechetical Sermon of St John Chrysostom, The Artos, Bright Week

Chapter 4: Feasts of the Orthodox Church
- The Twelve Great Feasts - The Fixed Cycle: The Nativity of the Theotokos, The Universal Exaltation of the Life-Creating Cross, The Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, The Nativity of Our Lord God and Saviour Jesus Christ, The Holy Supper, The Theophany The Meeting of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Temple, The Annunciation to the Most Holt Theotokos, The Transfiguration of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, The Dormition of the Most-Holy Theotokos
The Twelve Great Feasts, The Paschal Cycle
- The Entrance of the Lord into Jerusalem, The Ascension of our Lord Jesus Christ, The Descent of the Holy Spirit
- The Feast of Feasts, the Holy Pascha of the Lord
- Other Feasts: The Protection of the Most Holy Theotokos, The Circumcision of the Lord Jesus Christ, The Nativity of St John the Baptist, The Holy apostles Peter and Paul, The Beheading of St John the Baptist

Chapter 5: Orthodox Monasticism
- The Monastic Tonsure: The Monastic Grades, Riasaphor, Order of the Lesser Schema, The Tonsure, The Monastic Habit, Order of the Great Schema, Nuns

Chapter 6: Orthodox Dogmas and Doctrines
- Holy Tradition, The Symbol of Faith (The Creed), Concerning God's Essence and the Creation of the World, Concerning the Son of God, the Saviour of the World, Concerning the Holy Spirit, Concerning One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, Concerning One Baptism for the Remission of Sins, Concerning the Resurrection of the Dead, Concerning the Life of the World to Come
- The Ten Commandment: 1st Commandment,  2nd Commandment, 3rd Commandment, 4th Commandment, 5th Commandment, 6th Commandment, 7th Commandment, 8th Commandment, 9th Commandment, 10th Commandment
- The Foundation of Christian Morals: The Beautitudes
- The Most-Holy Theotokos and Ever-Virgin Mary: Appellations of the Theotokos

Chapter 7: The Holy Icons
- Image Not-Made-By-Hands
- Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos: She Who is Quick to Hear, Of the Sign (Znamenny), Smolensk (Hodigitria), Tikhvin, Pochaev, Vladimir, Iveron (Iberian), Kazan

Chapter 8: The Holy Sacraments
- Holy Baptism
- Holy Chrismation
- The Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
- Holy Repentance (Penance- Confession): repentance- The Road to the Kingdom of Heaven, The Lament for Sin
- Holy Orders: Ecclesiastical Titles
- Holy Matrimony: Divorce and Remarriage, When Weddings are Not to be Celebrated
- The Anointing of the Sick (Holy Unction)

Chapter 9: Orthodox Prayer
- Conditions for Prayer
- Mechanics of Prayer
- St John Chrysostom on Prayers
- Church Prayer
- The Lord's Prayer
- The Church's Prayer for the Dead: The Third Day, The Ninth Day, The Fourtieth Day, Meatfare Sunday, Second, Third and Fourth Saturdays of Great Lent, Tuesday of St Thomas Week, Trinity Saturday, Commemoration of Departed Orthodox Warriors, Beheading of St John the Baptist, St Demetrios Saturday
- The Jesus Prayer - Prayer of the Heart
- The Psalter - A Book of Prayer

Chapter 10: The Holy Bible
- The Old Testament
- Greek Additions to the Old Testament (Apocrypha)
- Psalms for Special Needs
- Bible Helps
- Great Prayers of the Bible
- Scripture Readings Throughout the Year
- Scripture Readings for the Twelve Great Feasts
- Scripture Readings for Special Occasions

Chapter 11: Christian Symbolism
- The Cross
- Types of Crosses
- Monograms
- Stars
- The Four Evangelists
- Other Symbols

Author: A Monk of St Tikhon's Monastery
Format: Softcover
Pages: 394
Price: $45