Meaningful Bible Texts To Be Memorized
The 23rd Psalm
(This beautiful passage, the most famous of the Psalms of David, is called the Shepherd's Psalm.)
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
The Lord's Prayer
(During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught His disciples how to pray, giving them the Lord's Prayer.)
Our Father, Who art in Heaven,
The New Commandments of Jesus
Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; this is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it: Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.
The Ten Commandments
Called God's ancient law, the Ten Commandments were given by God through Moses on Mount Sinai. Written on two tablets of stone, the commandments were divided with four on one tablet and six on the other. The first four regulate our relations to God and the other six regulate our relations with our fellow men.
1. I am the Lord thy God; Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
During the Sermon on the Mount, the most famous sermon ever delivered, Jesus gave the assembled multitude the Beatitudes -- nine rules for happiness.
1. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
In His Sermon on the Mount, Jesus also gave the people three other rules for righteous living.
"Seek ye first the Kingdom of God"
"Judge not that ye be not judged"
"Do unto others as ye would that they should do unto you"
This last precept has become known as the Golden Rule.
The Nicene Creed was formulated at the first two Ecumenical Councils. At the first council, held in 325 A.D. at Nicaea, .the first seven articles were adopted. The second council, which convened in 381 A.D. at Constantinople, added the last five articles of the Creed. The Creed expresses the belief of Orthodox worshipers.
I believe in One God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.
And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all ages.
Light of Light, True God of True God, begotten, not created, being of one substance with the Father, through Whom all things were made.
Who for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and became Man.
And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, and suffered, and was buried.
And rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.
And ascended into heaven and sitteth at the right hand of the Father.
And He shall come again with glory to judge the living and the dead.
And His kingdom shall have no end.
And I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life,
Who proceedeth from the Father, Who together with the Father and Son is worshiped and glorified. Who spake by the prophets.
And in One Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.
I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins.
I look for the resurrection of the dead.
And the life in the world to come. Amen
Faith, Hope and Charity
(This chapter is considered by many students of the Bible and literature as the most beautiful in the entire book.)
Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.
And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.
And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.
Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunted not itself, is not puffed up.
Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;
Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;
Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.
Charity never faileth; but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face; now I know in part: but then shall I know even as also I am known.
And now abideth faith, hope, and charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
I Corinthians, Chapter 13
Taken from: "Faith of our Fathers -- The Eastern Orthodox Religion" by Stan W. Carlson and The Very Rev. Leonid Soroka, Dean UMW Published by The Olympic Press, Minneapolis, MN -- Copyright 1954, revised in 1958. Officially approved for publication by Metropolitan Leonty, Archbishop of NY, Primate, ROGCChurch of NA, and The Rev. Joseph Stephanko, Censor, St. Andrew of Crete Day, NY City, NY.