St. Xenia Orthodox Church
170 N. Lowell St. (P.O. Box 147)
Methuen, MA 01844

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11 to 14 Years (Sixth Grade – Ninth Grade)





Liturgy & Sacraments


Church History


Identify the Bible as the story of our life with God. Begin to order stories in simple chronology and grasp the meaning of Salvation-History through stories

A basic set of prayers for all situations (i.e., The Trisagion Prayers)

Prayers before Communion

The Creed



Begin to understand simple order, look up references and know basic categories of books

Identify the basic order of the services: Vespers, Matins, Liturgy

Know how to prepare and participate in the Sacrament of Penance


Explain a biblical story or feast that is represented in an icon

Understand and begin to assume some responsibility for observing the practice of fasting.


Distinguish between behaviors that do and don’t reflect a Christian way of life

Describe alternative forms of behavior to avoid drugs, smoking, fights, etc.


Dedicate a portion of allowance or time to help others within and outside the church community

Participate in parish clean-up day and/or help in preparing for major feasts


Locate and describe the Old and New Testaments

Prayers before and after meals


Locate Sunday Gospel and Epistle

Learn to ask for forgiveness

Help prepare for a feast at home


Help organize or participate in a youth group at church


Identify and distinguish the Old Testament patriarchs, prophets, disciples and apostles as leaders of God’s people and messengers of God

Hymn to the Theotokos (all seasons)

Troparion for given feasts



Learn to sing refrains of Psalms sung as Antiphons and Hymns

Know how to sing basic hymns of Vespers, Matins and Liturgy

Understand the basic concept of “blessing”


Be able to recall the details of your patron saint’s life


Make a book about the history of the parish

Know the stories of saints in America





Lenten Prayer of St. Ephraim

Learn to chant the Psalms antiphonally (i.e., as in Presanctified Liturgy)






Morning and Evening Prayers





















Upcoming Events & Services
Saturday, 7 / 20 October
5:30 All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 8 / 21 October
21st Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 4
9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy
Saturday, 14 / 27 October
5:30 All-Night Vigil
Sunday, 15 / 28 October
22nd Sunday after Pentecost. Tone 5
9:30 Hours and Divine Liturgy