LENTEN BOARD GAME
I have found that
church school students enjoyed playing games, especially the high
schoolers! This game can be fun and a great way of reviewing what our
students should know about the Paschal Lenten season.
Our Journey to
Pascha is adapted from a game created by Karen K. Wasiseczko and
distributed by the Department of Religious Education of the OCA in
1988. It was included in A Resource Handbook for Great Lent & Pascha
that I compiled in 1989. Phyllis Meshel Onest, M.Div. (1/7/00)
OBJECT OF THE GAME:
To be the first team to arrive at Pascha (icon of the Resurrection).
RULES OF THE GAME:
All team markers are
placed next to the first box (Publican & Pharisee).
- The first team
draws a question. If the team gives the correct answer, its marker
moves 2 squares forward. If the team answers incorrectly, its marker
moves back one square or stays put if it's the first question for
- Play continues to
Q U E S T I O N S
What happened 40 days
after Jesus' resurrection? / His ascension to the Father in Heaven.
- Which criminal was
freed instead of Jesus? / Barabas
- On what day of the
week did Jesus rise from the dead? Sunday, the first day of the week.
- Which thief joined
Jesus in Paradise? / The one on the right.
- In the gospel story
of the Publican & the Pharisee, who was humble? The publican.
- On Holy Tuesday we
read the "Parable of the Wise & Foolish Virgins." What
do we learn from this parable? / We must be ready at all times for
Jesus' Second Coming.
- Who betrayed Jesus 3
times before the cock crowed? / Peter.
- What is the Gospel
reading on the Sunday after Pascha? / Doubting Thomas.
- Exactly how long is
Great Lent, i.e. from the first day to Pascha? / 47 days: 40 days
plus Holy Week
- From what foods do we
abstain during Great Lent? / Meat, dairy products & olive oil.
- List the names given
to the four Pre-Lenten Sundays? / Publican & Pharisee; Prodigal
Son; Last Judgment; Expulsion of Adam & Eve from Paradise or
- Why is Holy Unction
used? / For the healing of soul & body.
- What is another name
for Cheese-Fare Sunday? / Forgiveness Sunday or The Expulsion of Adam
& Eve from Paradise.
- What is another name
for Meatfare Sunday? / Last Judgment.
- When did St. Gregory
Palamas live? / 14th century.
- What is the
difference between an "iconoclast" & an
"iconophile"? / Iconoclast - enemy of icons; Iconophile -
friend of icons.
- Who were Lazarus'
sisters? / Mary & Martha.
- When Jesus' side was
pierced by a soldier's sword, what gushed out? / Blood & water.
- On which Sunday of
Great Lent do we remember St. Gregory Palamas? / 2nd.
- When is the Akathist
service celebrated? / Fridays during Great Lent.
- What is Pentecost? /
The 50th day after Pascha, when the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles.
- In addition to food,
the Church asks us to fast from...? / Gossip, anger, slander,
jealousy, hatred, envy, revenge.
- Why are eggs a symbol
of Pascha/Easter? / Just as Jesus rose from the dead & came out
of the Tomb, so does new life come out of the egg which is its tomb.
- In which Garden did
Jesus pray before He was betrayed? / Gethsemane.
- What does
"prodigal" mean? / Exceedingly wasteful.
- Name the location
where Jesus was crucified? / Golgotha.
- What service is held
in the evening during on Sunday, Monday & Tuesday of Holy Week? / Bridegroom.
- Why did Pontius
Pilate wash his hands? / To show that he was innocent of Jesus' blood.
- What book did St.
John Climacus write? / The Ladder of Divine Ascent.
- How did Judas show
the soldiers which man was Jesus when they were in the Garden of
Gethsemane? / Judas gave Jesus a kiss.
- Re: fasting, St. John
Chrysostom said: "Do not let only our mouth fast, but
also..." / "your eyes, heart, ears, yours hands & your feet."
- Whose Liturgy is
celebrated on the Sundays of Great Lent? / St. Basil's.
- What is
characteristic of this Liturgy as compared to the Liturgy usually
celebrated during the year? / It is longer & has more intense prayers.
- What did the Jews
want the Romans to do to the tomb where Jesus was laid? / Seal it
& place a Roman guard to watch it so no one would take the body.
- Why was Jesus Christ
welcomed into Jerusalem with such enthusiasm on Palm Sunday? / They
had heard that Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead.
- Who took Jesus' body
down from the Cross? / Joseph of Arimathea. OR For what is Joseph of
Arimathea remembered? / He requested the body of Jesus, prepared Him
for burial with spices & oil & placed it in a new tomb [his].
- The soldiers came to
the men on the crosses & broke the legs of the thieves who were
still alive, but Jesus was already dead. What was done to Jesus
instead? / His side was pierced with a sword.
- What does
"repent" mean? / To sincerely & honestly want to change
- A good confession
requires preparation. / Name 3 ways we can prepare for confession. /
Prayer; fasting; evaluating ourselves in light of Christ's command to
"be perfect"; make an honest effort to look at ourselves
& our lives.
- God knows our
weaknesses & our strengths. Why then is Confession necessary? /
Confession needs to be said aloud in front of a witness [the priest],
otherwise it is still a secret that we possess, one that can still
- What does the word
"resurrection" mean? / To be lifted up; to rise.
- Where in the
Scriptures can we read about Christ's resurrection? / Gospels:
Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
- The correct term for
Easter is "Pascha." What does it actually mean? / Passover
from death to life as did the Israelites when they fled Egypt.
- In St. Ephraim's
Prayer, what do we call the Lord? / Master of our life.
- What did Christ mean
when He said that He would destroy the Temple & build it again in
3 days? / His body would be destroyed on the Cross, but in 3 days He
would rise & establish His kingdom.
- Who betrayed Jesus? /
- What historical event
is remembered on the first Sunday of Great Lent? / The return of the
icons to Orthodox worship.
- Who were the first to
learn of Jesus' resurrection? / The women disciples, also called the
- What did the soldiers
place on Jesus' head before He was crucified? / A crown of thorns.
- On what kind of
animal did Jesus ride when he entered Jerusalem? / Donkey, in
particular, a foal.
- What to the goats in
the gospel story of "the Last Judgment" represent? / Those
who have not listened to God & as a result, will not be in the
Kingdom of God.
- On which day of Holy
Week do we remember the Last Supper? / Holy Thursday.
- When Jesus died on
the cross, the earth reacted. What happened? / An earthquake & a
- Who greeted the women
at the tomb? / An angel [Matthew &Mark] or two angels [Luke & John].
- Name one thing
Orthodox Christians should do during Great Lent in addition to
fasting? /  pray more;  almsgiving/charity;  self-denial.
- What is blessed on
the day after Lazarus Saturday? / Palm branches and/or pussywillows.
- What does the Jewish
Passover commemorate? / The passage of the angel of death over the
houses of the Israelites at the time they were in Egypt.
- On what day of Holy
Week is the Sacrament of Unction offered? / Wednesday.
- Who helped carry
Jesus' cross? / Simon of Cyrene.
- What is the Lenten
liturgical color? / Purple.
- What is commemorated
on the middle Sunday of Great Lent and why? / Adoration of the Cross.
The cross is placed before us as an inspiration to continue our
Lenten efforts so that we don't become discouraged, & to remind
us that we are halfway through Lent.
- Who was the Empress
who helped return the icons to their rightful place in Orthodox
worship? / Theodora.
- Who wrote the famous
Lenten prayer that begins " O Lord & Master of my life"?
/ St. Ephraim the Syrian.
- To which apostle did
Jesus entrust His mother? / John the Beloved [also called the
Evangelist & the Theologian].
- Which woman saint is
remembered on the 5th Sunday of Lent and why? / St. Mary of Egypt.
She is a model of repentance, of changing her life to become more Christ-like.
- While Jesus' body was
in the tomb, where was His soul or spirit? / In Hades, preaching to
those who had already died.
- On Holy Monday, Jesus
tells us the Parable of the Fig Tree. What is the lesson to learn? /
If we don't bear fruit, we won't enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
- What two food items
did Jesus bless during the Last Supper? / Bread & wine.
- What was written on
the sign placed above Jesus' head when He was on the Cross? /
"Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews."
- On what themes do the
services of Holy Friday focus? / Jesus' death & lying in the Tomb.
- How much was Judas
paid to betray Jesus? / 30 pieces of silver.
- Which Roman governor
tried Jesus? / Pontius Pilate.
- What service is
celebrated on Wednesdays during Great Lent? Presanctified Liturgy.
- What was Jesus given
to drink while he was on the cross? / Vinegar or gall.
- What is carried in
procession on Holy Friday evening? The epitaphios or cloth icon
depicting the burial of our Lord.
- What did the father
do when his son returned in the gospel story of the Prodigal Son? /
He gave him a ring, a coat, & offered a feast.
- How is the date of
Pascha/Easter determined? / The first Sunday after the spring
equinox, after Passover.
- Which Sunday Gospel
announces the coming of the Lenten season? / Zaccheus.
- What is the
difference between the Ascension of Our Lord and Pentecost? / The
Ascension commemorates Jesus rising to God the Father on the 40th
day after His resurrection. Pentecost commemorates the Descent of the
Holy Spirit on the Disciples on the 50th day after Jesus' resurrection.
- What is a publican
and why were they disliked? / A tax collector. Publicans were
Israelites hired by the Romans to collect taxes. As a whole,
Publicans were not well liked among the Israelites because many
cheated the people and kept the extra money for themselves.