Gentle reminders about Church Etiquette
The Orthodox Divine Liturgy begins when the priest intones, “Blessed is the Kingdom of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.” It is important to arrive early enough to receive this blessing. Arriving later causes a distraction for others who are praying. If an occasional problem occurs and you have to come in late, enter the church reverently and quietly.
- If wearing lipstick to church, please blot the lipstick before venerating any, icon, relic, or vestment.
- The Priest is facing the congregation
- The Priest is incensing the altar and/or congregation
- During the Small Entrance (Priest carries out the Holy Gospel)
- During the Great Entrance (Priest carries out the Holy Gifts)
- During the readings of the Epistle and the Gospel
- During Consecration of the Gifts (“Se Imnoumen”)
- During the Creed & the Lord’s Prayer
- During the sermon
Refrain from socializing during the Liturgy – Save your greetings and conversations for coffee hour. We are in the Liturgy to greet God with our prayers and worship, not to distract others.
- When the Liturgy begins and the priest gives the blessing;
- During the Small and Great Entrances
- When the priest is censing the icons and congregation
- During the Gospel reading
- At the Anaphora
- For Holy Communion
- At the final Blessing