September 2016 begins the catechetical year 2016. It is a time chosen to commission catechists and begin the important work of religious education in our Churches. This year, ECED has chosen as its theme “Communion with God” to guide the year. More materials are forthcoming.
Every Christian receives in Holy Baptism the gift of God’s Life, which is lived out most fully in the mystical-liturgical life of the Church.
In the Eastern Christian tradition, the traditional form or method of religious education is liturgical in nature because its main purpose and aim is to incorporate the individual person ever deeper into the mystical life of the Church, the Body of Christ. Catechesis, then, is intimately tied to, founded upon, and directed toward the Liturgy, because it is in the Liturgy that the fullness of Divine Life is revealed and communicated.
When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized him; and he vanished out of their sight. They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke 24:30 – 32)