First time visiting? Welcome!

If you've never been to an Orthodox Christian worship service before, you're in for an incredible glimpse at what worship was like for early Christians. Yes, you read that right! The Church you read about in the Book of Acts; that's us! Because Christians were Messiahnized Jews, our worship relfects that of Second Temple worship, which was Liturgical in nature. In keeping the Tradition, our services are liturgical by nature, and intentionally incorperate activity on the part of both the clergy and the laity; in other words, we don't simply sit and observe the clergy; we actively participate in the services - this immersive experience can be a lot to take in and digest if you're not accustomed to this way of worship. Orthodox Christian worship is also unique in that it engages all fives senses during worship. Regardless of who you are and where you're coming from, we're thrilled to welcome you and hope you find yourself warmly welcomed and comfortable.

Before going any further we want you to know you're welcome to visit us just the way you are. Sure, we have a way of doing things, but we don't expect every visitor or inquirer to know everything or "get it right" the first time. We understand what it's like to be a fish out of water, as most of us have visited other Churches for various reasons (weddings, funerals, baptisms, etc). The best way to learn about who we are, what we believe, and what worship is like is to come and observe. 

For your conveninence we've compiled "10 Things You Should Know" before visiting an Orthodox Church. If you don't want to read, check out our LIVESTREAM to see and hear the sights and sounds of our worship!

1. There is Movement Before and During Worship

During the early part of the service, you may see people walking up to the front of the church, say a brief prayer in front of one of the icons (the standing icons in front of the altar), kissing it and lighting a candle, even though the service has already begun. In the Orthodox church the main service is called the Divine Liturgy (The work of the people) and is celebrated each Sunday and sometimes on weekdays. It is preceded by an hour and a half service called Matins (or Orthros). There is no break between these services, one begins as soon as the previous ends. Matins is comprised of readings from the book of Psalms, the Gospel, and has many hymns. It typically precedes the Divine Liturgy, though it can stand alone as a service in the church. Orthodox worshippers arrive at any point from the beginning of Matins up until the beginning of the Divine Liturgy. Though some come late to the Divine Liturgy, it’s not a good practice. Just as you wouldn’t show up to a movie fifteen minutes after it has already started.

In the Orthodox tradition, the faithful stand up for nearly the entire service. The reason for this is that we understand worship to be work. Sitting is a form of rest. We believe that when in the presence of God, we should all stand. If you find the amount of standing too challenging, you're welcome to sit at any time. The liturgy at Saint John’s begins at 9:30 AM. Around 9:50 AM we hear the reading of the Epistle, one of St. Paul’s letter; Immediately following the Epistle, a passage from one of the Gospels is read, for which everyone stands as the Good News is being proclaimed. After the reading of the Gospel, the priest gives a sermon. Around 10:30, the Faithful, who have prepared themselves, receive Holy Communion.

We sign ourselves whenever the name of the Trinity is invoked (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). The faithful also make the sign of the cross whenever they venerate the cross or an icon, and on many other occasions during the course of the Liturgy. People, however, aren't expected to do everything the same way. Some cross themselves three times, and others just once. When first entering the church people typically approach the icons in the Narthex (foyer), make the sign of the cross and a slight bow, and then kiss the icon, and then make one more bow. This becomes familiar with time, don't worry, you don't have to follow suit.

When we first enter the church, we light a candle, and we kiss (venerate) the icons. You may also see that some kiss the chalice after receiving Holy Communion. When the priest comes in procession at one point, some touch the edge of his vestment as he passes by. The altar servers kiss his hand when they give him the censer, and we all line up to kiss the priest's hand at the end of the service as we receive the blessed bread. When we talk about "venerating" we simply mean showing reverence. The reason for kissing the hand of the priest has to do with our understanding that during the liturgy the hands of the priest are Christ's hands. The priest also holds in his hands the "Body of Christ" while he prepares the chalice. It is also through the laying on of hands that that ordinations are done by the bishops. The laying on of hands goes back to the Apostles in the Orthodox Church.

Only Orthodox may receive Holy Communion, but anyone may receive what is called (Andithoron) “blessed bread” offered at the conclusion of the liturgy. We receive this from the hand of the priest. Visitors are sometimes offended that they are not allowed to receive Holy Communion. Orthodox believe that receiving communion is broader than me-and-Jesus; it acknowledges one’s faith and belief in historic Orthodox doctrine, obedience to a particular Orthodox bishop, and a commitment to a particular Orthodox worshipping community. There's nothing exclusive about this; everyone is invited to make this commitment to the Orthodox Church. But the Eucharist is the Church's treasure and is reserved for those who have united themselves with the Church through Holy Baptism and Chrismation. We also hold Holy Communion (The Eucharist) with more gravity than many denominations do. We believe it is truly the Body and Blood of Christ (John 6). In fact, Orthodox believers do not receive communion unless they have properly prepared themselves by receiving the mystery of confession, fasting, asking forgiveness from those they may have offended and forgiving others who have offended them. On the morning we wish to receive Holy Communion (unless there are reasons one is unable to) we fast from all food and drink from midnight the night before, yes, even a morning cup of coffee.

In the Orthodox tradition, we call the priest “father” and then his name. St. Paul in his First Letter to the faithful in Corinth wrote: “I do not write this to make you ashamed but to admonish you as my beloved children. For though you might have 10,000 guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers. Indeed, in Christ Jesus I became your father through the Gospel” (1 Corinthians 4:14-15). He also describes his relationship with the Christians of the Church in Thessalonica as being “like a father with his children” (1 Thessalonians 2:11), and he calls the apostle Timothy his son (I Timothy 1:2). The wife of the priest also holds a special role as parish mother and has the title of "Presvytera" (Greek), which means "wife of the presbyter." Another difference you may notice is in the Nicene Creed, which is recited at one point in the Liturgy. If we are saying that the Holy Spirit proceeds from the Father, and you from force of habit add, "and the Son," you will be alone. The phrase, “and the Son” (filioque) was added by the Roman Catholic church some six hundred years after it was written and accepted by the Church.

In some Orthodox parishes you will see both Chanters and Choirs. At Saint John’s our music is offered by a four-part Choir. All services and hymns are in the English language. Traditionally, hymns are sung a cappella. Its been said, "When you sing, you pray twice." Our hymns aren't difficult, if you have a book and can catch on to the melody, let the Lord hear your voice!

A constant feature of Orthodox worship is the veneration of the Virgin Mary, the "champion leader" of all Christians. We refer to her as "Theotokos," which means the one who “bore God,” providing the physical means for God to become man, and thereby making possible our salvation. We honor her, as Scripture foretold, "All generations will call me blessed" (Luke 1:48). When we sing "Through the intercession of the Theotokos, Savior, save us," we don't mean that she grants us eternal salvation, rather we ask for her prayers and intercessions, as she is the mother of God and especially close to her Son. Just as we ask for each other's prayers, we ask for the prayers of Mary as well as the Saints, who are alive in Christ for all eternity. Since there is no death in Christ, even those who have passed on from this life, remain alive and continue to pray for those in the world. They're not dead, just departed from this world to the world to come. The many icons in the church which surround us are part of the “great cloud of witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1) and remain a part of the Church, the Body of Christ. They are now a part of the Church Triumphant, while we still comprise the Church Militant on earth. These two are not separated but one.

Every Orthodox church has an icon screen "Iconostasis", which stand between the Holy Altar and the Nave of the Church. It does not act as a barrier, but a symbolic link between the Altar, which represents the Kingdom of Heaven and the Nave, which represents the world. Every iconostasis has a large image of Christ on the right and a corresponding image of the Virgin and Child on the left. The basic set-up of two large icons creates, if you use your imagination, three doors. The central one, in front of the altar itself, is called the "Holy Doors" or "Royal Doors," because there the King of Glory comes out to the congregation in the Eucharist. Only bishops, priests and deacons, who bear the Eucharist, use the Holy Doors. The openings on the other sides of the icons, if there is a complete iconostasis, have doors with icons of angels; they are called the "Deacon's Doors." Facing the Altar, the door on the left has a large icon of the Archangel Michael, while the door on the right bears the image of the Archangel Gabriel. Acolytes and others with responsibilities behind the altar use these two side doors, although no one is to go through any of the doors without an appropriate reason.

There are about 6 million Orthodox in North America and 250 million in the world, making Orthodox Christianity the second-largest Christian body. Orthodox throughout the world hold unanimously to the fundamental Christian doctrines taught by the Apostles and handed down by their successors, the bishops, throughout the centuries. One could attribute this unity to historical accident. We would attribute it to the Holy Spirit. Currently the largest American jurisdictions are the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, The Orthodox Church in America (Russian roots), and the Antiochian Archdiocese (Arabic roots). The liturgy is essentially the same in all, though there may be variation in language used, the type of music and some basic rubrics.  Orthodoxy seems startlingly different at first, but as the weeks pass, it gets to be less so. It will begin to feel more and more like home, and will gradually draw you into your true home, the Kingdom of God. I hope that your first visit to an Orthodox church will be enjoyable, and that it won't be your last. Keep in mind you are walking into the Christian Faith of 2,000 years, and the Divine Liturgy, the main service of worship, was composed over 1,700 years ago and yet remains unchanged.

FYI's and Other Helpful Things

Standing vs. Sitting
The traditional posture for prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church has been to stand. In the Orthodox “old countries”, there are usually no pews in the churches. Chairs or benches on the side walls are usually reserved for the elderly and infirm. In North America, we have tended to build our churches with pews, and since we have them, we need to figure out when we may sit and when we should stand. First of all, it is fully acceptable (even preferable) to stand for the entire service. If you prefer this, it would be better to find a place closer to the back or side of the church so as not to stand out or block someone’s view. 

When should you definitely stand?
Always during the Gospel reading, the Little and Great Entrances, the Anaphora, the distribution of Holy Communion, whenever the priest gives a blessing, and the Dismissal. In many parishes, the Divine Liturgy books in the pew have suggested times when sitting is acceptable. Follow those instructions (it’s probably safer than to follow what the people are doing in the first couple of rows). When in doubt, stand. It is never wrong to stand in church. Kneeling can be seen primarily during the season of Great Lent, but because every Sunday is a “little Pascha” in which the Resurrection is remembered, there is no kneeling. The “kneeling prayers” said five weeks after Pascha, are said after the Sunday Liturgy, “reinstating” kneeling for Vespers, Matins, and weekday Liturgies only. When in doubt, look around and participate in whatever capacity you feel comfortable.

Lighting Candles
Lighting candles is an important part of Orthodox worship. We light them as we pray, making an offering to accompany our prayers. Orthodox typically light candles when coming into the church - and that is usually the best time to light them, but there are times when candles should not be lit. It is not proper to light candles during the Epistle or Gospel readings, during the Little or Great Entrances, the sermon, and most of the times when the faithful are standing. If you find yourself arriving to church after the Liturgy has begun, a good rule of thumb to remember is - if everyone is standing, wait until they are sitting to light a candle (unless they are sitting for the sermon, of course). Other than that it is probably all right to light a candle.

Entering the Church (Late)
The time to arrive at church is before the service starts, but for some unknown reason, it has become the custom — or rather the bad habit — for some to come to church late. If you arrive after the Divine Liturgy begins, try to enter the church quietly — and observe what is happening. If the Epistle or Gospel is being read or the Little or Great Entrance is taking place, wait until it is finished to quickly find a seat. If Father is giving the sermon, stay in the back until he has concluded. If in doubt, check with one of the ushers to see if it is a good time to seat yourself. Try not to interrupt the Liturgy with you entrance. By the way, the best way to avoid this problem is to arrive on time — then you don’t have to wonder if it’s okay to come in or not. People who come late to the Liturgy should not partake of the Eucharist!

Crossing Those Legs?
In some Orthodox cultures, crossing one’s legs is taboo and considered to be very disrespectful. In our North American culture, while there are no real taboos concerning crossing one’s legs, we tend to cross our legs to get comfortable while sitting. Should we cross our legs in church? No. Not because it is “wrong” to ever cross legs, but rather because it is too casual — and too relaxed — for being in church. Just think about it, when you get settled in your favorite chair at home, you lean back, cross your legs, and then your mind can wander anywhere it wants to. Remember that sitting in church is a concession, not the normative way of prayer. You surely don’t want to get too relaxed and let your mind wander off too much. In fact, when you do sit in church, you should sit attentively - and not too comfortably. When sitting in church, keep those feet on the floor, ready to stand at attention (which is what “Let us attend” means). Cross yourself with your fingers and hand — but don’t cross your legs!

In and Out
On some Sundays, it almost seems like we have a revolving door in the back of the church — and it is used by both children and adults. Use the restroom before coming to church. You shouldn’t need to get a drink of water during the service (especially if you are taking Communion!). Don’t come to church to go to the fellowship hall — come to pray. Taking restless little ones out is a different matter. If a child is disruptive, take him/her quickly and quietly out of church, just long enough to settle him/her down, then return to Liturgy. Follow the rules for entering late: not during readings, sermons, or Entrances.

Leaving Before Dismissal
Leaving church before the Dismissal - besides being rude - deprives us of a blessing. Worship has a beginning (“Blessed is the Kingdom…”) and an end (“Let us depart in peace…”). To leave immediately after Communion is to treat church like a fast food restaurant where we come and go as we please. We live in a fast-paced world where we seem to be hurrying from place to place. But in God’s presence, we need to make every attempt to fight this pressure to move on to the next thing on the day’s agenda. We deprive ourselves of blessings by not being still and participating in God’s holiness. Eat and run at McDonald’s — but stay in church and thank God for his precious gifts.

Blot that Lipstick!
Have you ever looked at an icon in just the right light and seen the lip prints all over it? It’s disgusting, isn’t it? In fact, it’s downright gross. Lipstick may look fine on lips, but it looks horrible on icons, crosses, the Communion spoon and the priest’s or bishop’s hand. Icons have been ruined by lipstick; and even though the cross can usually be cleaned after everyone venerates it, it just isn’t considerate to others to impose your lipstick on them. What is the answer? If you insist on wearing lipstick to church, blot your lips well before venerating an icon, taking Communion, or kissing the cross or the priest’s or bishop’s hand. Even better, wait until after church to put it on. After all, God is not impressed with how attractive you look externally — your makeup or clothing — but how attractive you are internally, your adornment with good works and piety.

Venerating Icons
When you enter the church, it is traditional to venerate the icons. Usually there are icons at the entrance to the church and many churches have icon stands in the front as well. When venerating (kissing) and icon, pay attention to where you kiss. It is not proper to kiss an icon in the face. You wouldn’t go up and kiss the Lord or His mother on the lips, would you? You would kiss their hand, and only of they invited you would you even dare to kiss them on the cheek. Pay attention to what you are doing. When you approach and icon to venerate it, kiss the gospel, scroll, or hand cross in the hand of the person in the icon, or kiss the hand or foot of the person depicted. As you venerate and icon, show proper respect to the person depicted in the icon — the same respect you would show the person by venerating him or her in an appropriate place. And remember, blot off your lipstick before kissing. 

Talking During Church
Isn’t it great to come to church and see friends and family members? But wait until coffee hour to say “Hi” to them. It just isn’t appropriate to greet people and have a conversation with them during the services. Besides being disrespectful towards God, it is rude towards the other people in the church who are trying to worship. Talk to God while in church through your prayers, hymns, and thanksgiving, and to your friends in the hall afterwards.

Kiss (Don’t Shake) the Priest’s or Bishop’s Hand
Did you know that the proper way to ggreet a priest or bishop is to ask his blessing and kiss his right hand? How do you do this? Approach the priest or bishop with your right hand over your left hand and say “Father (or “Master” in the case of the bishop), bless.” [He will make the sign of the cross, and place his right hand over yours.] This is much more appropriate (and traditional) than shaking their hands. After all, the priest and bishop are not just “one of the boys.” When you kiss their hands, you show respect for their office — they are the ones who “bless and sanctify” you and who offer the holy gifts on your behalf. So next time you greet your priest or bishop, don’t shake his hand, ask for his blessing.

Sunday Dress
Remember the time when people put on their “Sunday best” to go to church? In fact, dress clothes were often referred to as Sunday clothes. In some parts of the country, this is not common today. In fact, all too often, dress in church has become too casual. In all areas of our lives, we should offer Christ our best. And the same is true of our dress. We should offer Christ our “Sunday best”, not our everyday or common wear. And we should dress modestly, not in a flashy way that would bring attention to ourselves. Our dress should always be becoming of a Christian - especially at church. Here are some specific guidelines we use in our parishes:

Children: Only young children (under 10) should wear shorts to church — and then only dress shorts. Athletic shorts, cut-offs, and spandex shorts are never appropriate church wear (for children or adults!). Shoes or sandals should be clean and tied. No one should wear T-shirts with any kind of writing on them (“This Bud’s for You!” is definitely out).

Women: Dresses should be modest. No tank tops or dresses with only straps at the shoulders, no short skirts (mini-skirts), and no skin-tight dresses. Dresses should have backs and not be cut low in the front. If women wear pants to church, they should be dress pants (not jeans, leggings, etc.). Shorts of any type are not appropriate for church.

Men: Men should also dress modestly. While coat and tie are not mandatory, shirts should have collars and be buttoned to the collar (the actual collar button may be left undone, but two or three buttons undone is inappropriate). Slacks should be cleaned and pressed. Jeans (of any color) are usually too casual for church, especially ones with patches or holes. Again, shorts are not appropriate church wear. If you’re going somewhere after church where you need to dress casually, bring a change of clothing with you and change after coffee hour. Remember, use your best judgment and good taste when dressing for church. After all, you don’t go to be seen by everyone else — you go to meet and worship God.

Pew Blocking
Never heard of pew blocking? It’s that practice of sitting right next to the aisle so that no one else can get by to sit in the middle of the pew. Everyone has seen it. In fact, the best pew blockers come early so they can get their coveted aisle seats and then be sure that no one can get past them. The most effective form of pew blocking takes place when two people take their places at opposite ends of the pew, occupying both the center and aisle seats. This effectively eliminates anyone else from sitting on that row. There are two solutions to pew blocking. The first is to move towards the middle of the pew, leaving the aisle seats for those coming later. And for those of you who just can’t handle sitting in the middle of the pew, take the outside aisle spot and graciously allow those coming after you to go past (by moving out for them so they can get by). Remember, pew blocking isn’t hospitable - nor is it an efficient method of seating. So don’t be selfish. Move on over towards the middle. Don’t be a pew blocker.

To Cross or Not To Cross
Anyone who has looked around on a Sunday morning will notice that different people cross themselves at different times (and sometimes in different ways). To a certain extent, when to cross oneself is according to personal piety and not an issue of dogma. But there are times when it is specifically proper to cross yourself, and times when you should not. Here is a brief list of when to cross and when not to cross:

To Cross: When you hear one of the variations of the phrase, “Father, Son, and Holy Spirit”; at the beginning and end of the liturgical service or your private prayers; entering or exiting the church, or when passing in front of the Holy Altar; before venerating in icon, the cross, or Gospel book.
Not to Cross: At the chalice before or after taking Communion (you might hit the chalice with your hand); when the priest or bishop blesses saying, “Peace be to all” — bow slightly and receive the blessing; when receiving a blessing from a bishop or a priest (kissing the right hand of the bishop or priest is appropriate, but not making the sign of the cross).

Snacks for Children
Parents often bring snacks and a cup of fruit juice along for children during church. And for young children (0 - 3 years old), this is fine. But by the time children are 4 - 5 years old, they should be able to make it through Liturgy without eating anything, and by the time they reach seven (the age of their first confession), they should begin fasting on Sunday morning for Communion (or at least make an attempt at fasting by cutting back on the amount of breakfast and eating “fasting”-type foods — talk to your priest about this). For those children who get snacks, please don’t feed them while in the line for Holy Communion (this applies to holy bread as well). They need to come to Communion without food in their mouths. And one last note: try to keep the snack mess down to a minimum. The floor shouldn’t be covered with Cheerios! Chewing gum during Liturgy is a No-No for everyone!
Teach Your Children
We know kids can be a handful... or two... or three. If your little ones are restless and are age appropriate, consider the following things to keep your children engaged during services:
  • Take your children to light candles and venerate the icons at the beginning of service. Be sure to say a prayer with each candle and make your cross. Upon veneration of the icons, teach your children to pay attention to the icons on the analoy/tetrapod - these icons typically indicate the feast.
  • Don’t hide in the back - stand in the front where children can see what’s taking place during the services. Don’t be afraid to challenge your children to stand as much as they're able to during the services and face forward - this is where all the action is happening!
  • Engage your children; ensure they're making their cross at the appropriate times, bowing at the appropriate times, and reciting appropriate prayers when they're said/sung. These prayers should be said at home to help them learn and be able to participate at Church.
  • Challenge your children to pay attention to the Epistle/Gospel/Sermon, and quiz them.
  • Educate your children during services. Explain the meaning of the censer, processions, etc. And if you don't know, ask your priest! It's never too late to learn!
  • Keep talking and bathroom breaks to a minimum.
  • Do not hang out in the Narthex or Sunday School Rooms; the Narthex is technically part of the Church, and should not be treated as a casual space. Hanging out in the nursry and sunday school rooms for extended periods of time is inappropriate; our little ones should be in the appropriate space and aware of what is going on. 
  • Teach your children that the Church is where God dwells; it is a very special and holy place where good behavior is not only suggested, but required
  • Our little ones have rules at school and standards/expectations to behave by. Gods house is no different. It's never too late to set the bar and put a reasonable level of age-appropriate expectation on your little ones.
  • Tablets, arts/crafts, toys, disruptive play (crawling, walking around, talking, constant in & out, etc) and other things that could be distracting to others are strongly discouraged. Please be mindful of the others who are trying to focus on prayer. 
  • Remember, we're all doing our best! We love hearing the occasional rustle and bustle of the little ones - it means the Church is alive and well! We're here to encourage and support you! If you need help with your little ones, let us know how we can support you. We’re family! We’re here to help!

Handling the Holy Bread
After taking Holy Communion and at the end of the liturgy, it is traditional to eat a piece of holy bread or antidoron — the bread that was left over after Holy Communion was prepared. While antidoron is not Holy Communion, it is blessed bread and as such, should be eaten carefully so that crumbs don’t fall all over the place. After taking Communion or kissing the cross at the end of the Divine Liturgy, take one piece of antidoron (you don’t need four or five pieces) and when you return to your seat or get to a place where you can stop for a moment, eat the bread trying not to drop crumbs. If you want to give a piece to someone else, go ahead and take an extra piece — don’t break yours in half (it produces too many crumbs). And monitor your children as they take the antidoron and teach them to eat it respectfully.

A Final Thought
North American society in the late 20th century is rather casual in its approach to life. Don’t allow this prevailing attitude to enter into your Orthodox Christian piety. There are surely a lot of other areas that could be covered here. Much of church etiquette is based on common sense and showing respect for God and others. Always remember that you are in church to worship God, the Holy Trinity. The priest says, “With the fear of God and faith and love, draw near.” Let this be the way you approach all of worship. If you do, you will probably have good church etiquette. AMEN.
Kneeling during services on Great and Holy Friday
Kneeling during services on Great and Holy Friday
Kneeling during services on Great and Holy Friday
Receiving Holy Communion
Receiving Holy Communion
Receiving Holy Communion
Faithful make the Sign of the Cross
Faithful make the Sign of the Cross
Faithful make the Sign of the Cross
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