One of the most important duties that we each have as worshippers is to do all that is in our power to see that a proper decorum and atmosphere is maintained so that we are able to pray sincerely, peacefully, and meaningfully. Upon entering the Church, at all times, but especially during services, an individual should remember that he or she is in the House of God. Reverence and good manners are required so as not to disturb those who are already engaged in prayer, and even more importantly, as an expression of sincere faith and awareness of the presence of the Lord.
The Church kindly asks all to refrain from chewing gum or using mobile devices during the service (phone, text or email) and please to switch them to silent upon entering the Narthex. Also, please refrain from unnecessary conversation, even in the Narthex. Should small children need a break, please be courteous and have them taken […]
Coming to the House of God, and presenting ourselves for worship the Holy Trinity is not a casual affair. The Church encourages congregants and visitors to dress modestly, and to dress appropriately with their “Sunday best”. For men, we encourage wearing at least casual business attire. For women, we encourage covering the shoulders and refraining […]
Please arrive at Church before the service starts. If you arrive after the Divine Liturgy begins, try to enter the Church quietly and observe what is happening. Try not to interrupt the Liturgy by your entrance, or enter into conversations in the Narthex.
There are several parts of the service during which no one should be moving about. One basic rule to follow is that whenever the Priest is facing the people or is standing outside of the altar, either with the censer or giving the blessing, everyone who is able should stand wherever they are. These parts […]
Lighting candles is an important part of Orthodox worship. We light them as we pray, making an offering to accompany our prayers. We typically light candles when coming into the Church. There are times, though, when candles should not be lit – please see the list above for these most holy portions of the Divine […]
When you enter the Church, it is traditional to venerate the icons located in the narthex. When venerating (kissing) the icon, please kiss the hand or feet of our Lord and His saints, as you would a holy person.
After receiving Holy Communion and at the end of the Divine Liturgy, holy bread is offered by Altar Servers for all to receive. It is blessed bread, and as such should be eaten carefully so that crumbs do not fall. Leftover crumbs should be placed outside in the bushes. It is a pious tradition to […]
Leaving Church before dismissal deprives us of a blessing. Worship has a beginning “Blessed is the Kingdom…” and an end “Let us depart in peace…” Please spend the additional minutes with the congregation to complete your prayer in an appropriate fashion. If you are preparing food for the Agape Meal and must leave the services […]