Scripture for Orthodox Christians to memorize

We have started a new routine at St Nicholas. I want my flock to be more scripturally literate. I am taking a page from the Protestants, who memorize the bible frequently. They memorize things they often do not completely understand – we have the true faith, and the precise exposition of the bible is present in all our (often neglected by the majority) services, and yet, as a people, many of our bibles are dusty! This should not be.

Here is the first scripture I chose. I have no idea how I am going to choose scripture to memorize. I have a zillion favorites, and there are are zillion important scriptures. I will probably use the church year as a guide, so for our first scripture,. I chose something from the Apostle Peter, since we are in the Apostle's fast. I hope we can get something from St Paul memorized before the end of the fast.

All scripture will be at http://www./orthodox.net/scripture-memory

It will be in PDF and Word fornats, suitable for printing, and dividing into quarters.


Scripture for Orthodox Christians Orthodox Christians use the Bible in their services more than anyone, with more theological precision and understanding than anyone, and unfortunately many have a poor reading understanding of the Bible. These scriptures were presented for memorization at St Nicholas Orthodox Church, McKinney Texas, for the purpose of awakening in my flock a love of, understanding of, and memory of the scriptures. In English, Russian and Spanish.
  • 1 Peter 2:20
  • For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God. Also in WORD format  
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3 Responses to “Scripture for Orthodox Christians to memorize”

  1. Aaron Taylor says:

    Great idea, Father! Btw, on the subject of memorising Scripture, you might be interested in this talk that I gave at the Climacus Conference in Louisville in February: http://ancientfaith.com/specials/the_climacus_conference_2011/in_thy_law_will_he_meditate_day_and_night_the_study_of_scripture_and_classi

  2. Marianna Friesel says:

    Father, bless!
    I would certainly recommend some of the common Psalms: certainly Ps 50 and Ps 23, which is a comfort. Might include some of the teachings on forgiveness & judging others, which is so central to our faith.

  3. Peter says:

    I think that's a great thing to do! The app Remember Me helps Christians to memorize their favourite Scriptures systematically on their smartphone (with audio, puzzles, flashcards, intelligent review system…). For more information see market.android.com/details?id=org.bible.remember_me. It’s free.

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