Church Etiquette

The following are a few notes on proper etiquette to adhere to while attending services in Church.

  • Remember to silence your mobile devices
  • Refrain from personal conversations when sitting
  • Refrain from bringing candles to the altar during the Small and Great Entrance, the Gospel Reading, the Sermon and whenever the Priest or Bishop is facing the congregation
  • Do not cross your legs when seated
  • Refrain from chewing gum, mints, or candy
  • Remove lipstick when receiving Holy Communion or when venerating and kissing the icons
  • It is customary to cross yourself, do prostration and say your name before receiving the Body and Blood of Christ
  • Remember that one must be an Orthodox Christian in order to receive Holy Communion
  • Follow the direction of the Priest for standing and sitting
  • Refrain from applauding
  • At the conclusion of the service, follow the direction of the ushers for an orderly dismissal

Thank you for your attention and understanding and may God bless you.

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The Dormition of our Most Holy Lady the Theotokos and Ever Virgin Mary
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