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Title: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: God Bless3232 on November 18, 2012, 04:23:39 PM
I was wondering what high school courses were needed to become a greek orthodox priest. I feel that i have a calling to becoem a priest and absolutely love chanting the Byzantine hymns and am an avid church goer.

any other dvice on the path to becoming a priest would be great

ps...(i am in grade10)
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Cyrillic on November 18, 2012, 04:27:34 PM
Why not take Classical Greek?
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Asteriktos on November 18, 2012, 04:32:08 PM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: mabsoota on November 18, 2012, 04:35:24 PM
the priesthood is not something you decide for yourself.
spend lots of time in prayer, fasting, Bible study and attending church, and then you will be ready to serve God in whatever way He calls you.
 :)
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: witega on November 18, 2012, 04:36:55 PM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

Though Cyrillic has a good point. If your high school offers relevent language courses, getting a head start there wouldn't hurt.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Carl Kraeff (Second Chance) on November 18, 2012, 09:43:10 PM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

It would really help if you had education/training that you could use to earn a living, just in case you are called as a priest to serve a parish that cannot pay you.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: yeshuaisiam on November 18, 2012, 10:20:28 PM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

It would really help if you had education/training that you could use to earn a living, just in case you are called as a priest to serve a parish that cannot pay you.

This is EXCELLENT advice.  Though being a priest of course would be your first calling in life, it is important to have something that will always be able to earn you a living if needs be.   Sometimes a parish is unable to pay, sometimes a little.... There are occasions when you may even be called to another church.

What area are you planning on attending seminary?
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Nikolaostheservant on November 19, 2012, 12:51:08 AM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

It would really help if you had education/training that you could use to earn a living, just in case you are called as a priest to serve a parish that cannot pay you.

Note he did say "Greek" Priest.

they get paid well! ;D

Its our Russian brotheres that get the short end of the stick :(
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Maria on November 19, 2012, 01:00:59 AM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

It would really help if you had education/training that you could use to earn a living, just in case you are called as a priest to serve a parish that cannot pay you.

Note he did say "Greek" Priest.

they get paid well! ;D

Its our Russian brotheres that get the short end of the stick :(

There are some Greek priests who teach in college, write books, or compose music/chant professionally on the side. It helps to have an education. In that way, if the Bishop feels that a person is not cut out to be a priest, they will have some education to help pay the bills.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Fr.Aidan on November 19, 2012, 01:05:34 AM
Mainly, you want to consult your father-confessor, since he knows all about your sins and struggles and has the grace of the priesthood to help out.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Maria on November 19, 2012, 01:12:08 AM
Mainly, you want to consult your father-confessor, since he knows all about your sins and struggles and has the grace of the priesthood to help out.

That is very true.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Nikolaostheservant on November 19, 2012, 02:32:21 AM
Generally a 4 year BA/BS degree plus a 3 year M.Div degree are needed (=7 years of college beyond high school). Doesn't matter what high school or college courses you take previous to the Masters level.

It would really help if you had education/training that you could use to earn a living, just in case you are called as a priest to serve a parish that cannot pay you.
Note he did say "Greek" Priest.

they get paid well! ;D

Its our Russian brotheres that get the short end of the stick :(

There are some Greek priests who teach in college, write books, or compose music/chant professionally on the side. It helps to have an education. In that way, if the Bishop feels that a person is not cut out to be a priest, they will have some education to help pay the bills.


Of course, thts called a back up plan. or plan B in case plan A falls through. that goes without saying?!
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: JamesR on November 19, 2012, 03:05:22 AM
Well while you are studying to be a Priest, you could also throw in some Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion courses in the mix, that way if the Church you get assigned to cannot pay you, you could possibly make a decent living off of teaching philosophy or religion at a college or even high-school as a professor/teacher.

As for myself, I personally would not last a day as a Priest. I don't have the empathy and people people skills to really help people emotionally and guide them as a fatherly figure. I think I would be more fitted as a professor at a Seminary or something, because at least then all I would have to do is teach others theology and use my overly-analytical mind for something good.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Orthodox11 on November 20, 2012, 06:19:47 AM
Ancient Greek, German, French. If you want to study theology at university later, you'll find those three immensely helpful, and if you wish to teach thereafter, indispensable.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: pensateomnia on November 20, 2012, 08:26:35 AM
Well while you are studying to be a Priest, you could also throw in some Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion courses in the mix, that way if the Church you get assigned to cannot pay you, you could possibly make a decent living off of teaching philosophy or religion at a college or even high-school as a professor/teacher.

As for myself, I personally would not last a day as a Priest. I don't have the empathy and people people skills to really help people emotionally and guide them as a fatherly figure. I think I would be more fitted as a professor at a Seminary or something, because at least then all I would have to do is teach others theology and use my overly-analytical mind for something good.

Only a very small percentage of people who want to actually succeed in making a living from teaching religion or philosophy. It is an extremely competitive field, with far more would-be teachers than positions, especially if one is not trained in comparative religion, Islam, the Far East, etc.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: Hinterlander on November 20, 2012, 10:48:30 AM
Well while you are studying to be a Priest, you could also throw in some Philosophy and Philosophy of Religion courses in the mix, that way if the Church you get assigned to cannot pay you, you could possibly make a decent living off of teaching philosophy or religion at a college or even high-school as a professor/teacher.

As for myself, I personally would not last a day as a Priest. I don't have the empathy and people people skills to really help people emotionally and guide them as a fatherly figure. I think I would be more fitted as a professor at a Seminary or something, because at least then all I would have to do is teach others theology and use my overly-analytical mind for something good.

I didn't have much empathy or people skills when I became a teacher.  You can learn such skills and be transformed if your committed to reflection and repentance.  I've been a teacher for 6 years and it has truly changed me (how couldn't it!).  And teaching jobs can be difficult to secure and require long hours.

Also, teaching philosophy on a post-secondary level would be an incredibly hard position to secure.

I would suggest getting some training in a career like mechanic, plumber, electrician.  These jobs you can make a good living, they can't be outsourced and you can say the Jesus Prayer while working.

God bless.
Title: Re: Greek Orthodox Priest
Post by: genesisone on November 20, 2012, 11:34:13 AM

I would suggest getting some training in a career like mechanic, plumber, electrician.  These jobs you can make a good living, they can't be outsourced and you can say the Jesus Prayer while working.

How about I fix your leaky toilet when I do the house blessing? Here's the bill.  ;D :P

Setting the humour aside, this is indeed very practical advice. I wish I had training in a trade. It will get you into people's homes - just be wise about using that opening.