About Us: Visitor’s Guide
“Welcome one another just as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.” (Romans 15:7)
We pray that your worshiping experience with us will be inspirational and uplifting. If this is your first visit to our Church, we invite you to enter your name and contact information in our Guest Book located at the entrance of the Church (Narthex) or by sending us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
As for Holy Communion, only baptized and/or chrismated Orthodox Christians may partake of the Sacrament. At the end of the Divine Liturgy, you are welcomed to come and receive the Antidoron (blessed bread), and also join us for the social hour in the Parish Hall.
Guidelines for Respectful Worship
The most important duty that we each have as worshipers attending church services is to do all that is in our power to see that a proper decorum and atmosphere are maintained so that all of the congregation is able to pray sincerely, peacefully and meaningfully.
It is with this fact in mind that we have set forth the following guidelines:
The Mystical Supper
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, but, even more importantly, as an expression of sincere faith and awareness of the presence of the Lord. No irrelevant conversations should take place, either in the Narthex or in any part of the Church.
According to church service procedures, each and every member of the congregation is required to be seated in the pews at the beginning of the service.
There are several parts of the service during which no one should be moving about. Wherever a person happens to be at these moments, he or she should stop and stand reverently, until the proper time to proceed. These parts of the service are:
- The Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Gospel;
- The reading of the Gospel;
- The Cherubic Hymn and the Great Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Holy Gifts;
- The recitation of the Nicene Creed (in which the entire congregation should participate);
- The prayers of offering “Take, eat…” and the prayers of the consecration of the Holy Gifts;
- The Sermon;
- Any special services (memorial services, processions, prayers).
Whenever the Priest is facing the people or outside the altar, either with the censer or giving the blessing, everyone should stand wherever they are.
Please remember that the Parish Council members and the ushering staff are required to keep order during services, and all should follow their instructions at all times.