Saint Demetrios Preparatory has a diverse student population. All students are required to take religious courses each year as part of our curriculum. As an important part of our faith-filled atmosphere, all students are also required to attend all religious activities, including liturgies, prayer services, retreats and the like. Respectful attendance and behavior at all religious ceremonies are expectations of all students.
Orthodox ChristianityThis course is designed as an overview of the history, teachings and rituals of Orthodox Christianity in its multinational context. Geographically, this context refers primarily to southeastern Europe (aka the Balkans), Russia and the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean. The course examines specific historical experiences of Orthodox Christians, starting with Byzantine empire, through major historical shift in the life of the Christians under Ottoman rule and, finally, to the diverse experiences of various autocephalous churches under communism. Through lectures, readings, discussions, films, and a field trip to Boston (Hellenic College), students will gain an insight into and broaden their awareness of the multifaceted world of Orthodox Christianity, its spiritual practices, rich artistic, musical and ritual expressions.