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Summer Formation Series to highlight Book of Isaiah

By THE COLORADO CATHOLIC HERALD
06/07/2019 | Comments

COLORADO SPRINGS. The Office of Total Catholic Education will hold a six-week course on the Book of Isaiah on Monday evenings from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Corpus Christi Church beginning June 10 (no class the week of July 4). Deacon Rick Bauer, instructor in sacred Scripture for the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program, will teach the course. Registration is free and includes access to all materials. 

This six-part class features the entire exposition of Isaiah, with insight on the major themes, the key prophecies, and the ways that its timeless truths can affect our lives today. Students will receive all materials via downloadable website, completely free of charge, and be able to access the entire class remotely (including class videos and presentations) through the Diocese of Colorado Springs website DEACON

(http://DeaconWeb.org).

The DEACON web platform hosts all the resources for the course. Each class participant receives a personal account to access class resources on DEACON, free of charge. Participants may attend classes this summer with the community at Corpus Christi or from a remote live connection via a web conferencing app. Participants may catch up on any classes missed through any of the recorded class videos. 

“We appreciate the hard work our catechists do in the diocese, week-in and week-out, and we wanted to bring an excellent curriculum delivered by an outstanding teacher by asking Deacon Rick Bauer to teach Isaiah, one of his favorite biblical texts,” explained Michelle Maher-Lyons, Director of Catechesis, Youth Ministry, and Evangelization for the Diocese. “We also want to give all of our adult lay participants a bit of a break by offering this course via our distance learning capabilities and course website, which our clergy often use in their continuing education.” 

The class will feature a complete exposition of Isaiah, the overall fit of Isaiah within the Old Testament, the nature of prophecy, the presence of Isaiah in the Catholic liturgy, and other interesting aspects of this significant biblical text. The schedule for each class session is as follows:

• June 10 — Course introduction; Prophets and Prophetical Books; Introduction to Isaiah; The Fifth Gospel: The Influence of Isaiah on the Church, the arts, and culture.
• June 17 — Introduction to Isaiah 1-39 (Part 1: The Book of Judgment); Isaiah 1-6 (Message of Judgment and Promise); Prophecies Against Judah (Isaiah 7-12); Judgments against the Nations (Isaiah 13-23)
• June 24 — Judgment and Promise (Isaiah 24-27); 6 Woes on the Unfaithful (Isaiah 28-35); Historical Transition (Isaiah 36-39); Prophecy and Fulfillment in Isaiah
• July 8 — Introduction to Isaiah 40-66 (Part 2: The Book of Comfort); Isaiah 1-48 (The Deliverance and Restoration of Israel)
• July 15 — Isaiah 49-57 (The Servant’s Ministry and Israel’s Restoration); Insights on The Servant of the Lord; Isaiah in Lectionary and Liturgy.
• July 22 — Isaiah 58-66 (Everlasting Deliverance and Everlasting Judgment); Bringing Isaiah into Your Community; Isaiah Yet Speaks: The Prophetic Message to the Church Today

“I think this is a great opportunity to go deeper into the scriptures — particularly into a book we seldom study but has so deep a connection to our sacred history, our theology, our liturgy, and our prayer,” Deacon Bauer said. “The meaning of Isaiah — that the Messiah had to indeed suffer — was the first gospel message proclaimed after the resurrection — even by Jesus himself at Emmaus. Isaiah has also been called ‘The Fifth Gospel’ because of how often it is cited in the New Testament. I pray that every participant walks away with a deeper insight into the nature of God, a higher love for the Servant of the Lord, Jesus Christ, and a more unceasing walk of discipleship as a result of our study together.” 

Registration for the class and the course website, as well obtaining a complimentary syllabus and course flyer, can take place during the first class at Corpus Christi on June 10 or by sending an e-mail with name, parish, and e-mail address to

rbauer@diocs.org.


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