2nd-3rd Grade Curriculum Requirements
Can make the sign of the cross:
Know that the three fingers together (thumb, first, and middle) represent the Holy Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The other two mean Christ is both God and Man.
Know the Lord’s prayer:
“Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread,
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil. Amen.”
Know their Baptismal name and their nameday.
Know that Christmas/Nativity is on December 25th and that is the day Christ was born.
Know that Great Lent starts 40 days before Holy Week and the beginning of Lent changes every year (because it depends on when Easter is).
Know that Palm Sunday is when Jesus entered Jerusalem just prior to His crucifixion.
Last Supper happened on Holy Thursday.
Crucifixion happened on Holy Friday.
Know that Easter is the day when Christ rose from the dead and that date changes every year.
Know that Ascension is 40 days after Easter and is when Jesus rose up into Heaven.
Know that Pentecost is the day when the Holy Spirit was sent by God to the Apostles, made them speak in different languages, and allowed the apostles to spread the word about Jesus to the whole world — that happened 50 days after Easter.
Know that March 25th is the day when the Archangel Gabriel announced to the Virgin Mary that she would have a Son and that her Son would be Jesus.
Know that August 15th is the day when we remember that the Virgin Mary fell asleep and went to heaven.
Trinity — Father, Son and Holy Spirit. God the Father sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to the earth to be born as a man because God loves us very much. When Jesus went to back to heaven, God sent the Holy Spirit to help us on the earth. The Holy Spirit acts in us when we receive the sacraments, when we pray and when we do things that God likes.
St. Nicholas is our patron Saint. His feast day is December 6th. He is the saint for children, travelers, and mariners.
Know the 10 commandments
1. You shall have no other god before me.
2. You shall not make for yourself idols.
3. You shall not take the name of the Lord in vain.
4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.
5. Honor your father and mother.
6. You shall not murder.
7. You shall not commit adultery.
8. You shall not steal.
9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10. You shall not covet.
Know Psalm 117 by heart.
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
laud Him, all you peoples!
for His merciful kindness is great towards us,
and the truth of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!”
Know the 4 Evangelists — Ss. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John — they wrote the Gospels.
Know that the Divine Liturgy is the name of the service on Sundays.
Know that Orthros is the name for the morning service before the Divine Liturgy.
Know that Vespers is the evening service done before a Divine Liturgy.