Guidelines for Respectful Worship
Probably the most important duty that we each have as worshippers attending church services is to do all that is in our power to see that a proper decorum and atmosphere is maintained so that all of the congregation is able to pray sincerely, peacefully and meaningfully.
It is with this fact in mind that we offer the following guidelines:
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 actual church service procedures, each and every member of the congregation is required to be seated in the pews at the beginning of the service. It is only by leniency that anyone is allowed to enter the Church once the services have begun. Thus it behooves us not to take undue advantage of this leniency.
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).
One basic rule to follow is that, whenever the Priest is facing the people or outside of 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 ushers are required to keep order during services, and all should follow their instructions at all times.
Dismissal for Holy Communion
In order to maintain proper reverence for the Holy Gifts before us, we are requesting that everyone follow this procedure:
Dismissal for Holy Communion is from the center aisle.
Please remain STANDING at your seats until directed by the ushers
Newly baptized infants, The Choir, Sunday School Teachers, and infants from the crying room will come first – from the back. Those in the stasidia and along the back will be considered the last row. Anyone behind the rope at the back will have to wait until the end.
It is recommended that you be seated in a pew when Liturgy begins at 9:30am.
The Parish Council will remove the center aisle ribbon to allow EVERYONE receiving Holy Communion to exit ROW BY ROW beginning with the front row. If your Sunday School child is not receiving Communion, they should still exit with the others, then continue down the aisle around to the Antidoron (Blessed Bread) and proceed to Sunday School.
THERE SHOULD BE NO TALKING BY ANYONE DURING HOLY COMMUNION.