Church Etiquette

Church Etiquette

Church, for us Orthodox Christians, is the holiest of all places. It is the place where we come face-to-face with our Lord, thereby, demanding the utmost in respect and conduct. While in Church, WE DO NOT chew gum, candy, etc., and WE DO NOT cross our legs or move around and carry on a conversation, especially in the Narthex of our Church.

All of these activities tend to distract those around us and lead our soul away from the mystical experiences of the Divine Liturgy. Our movements about the Church, at their appointed times, should be done with the utmost respect for the place in which the Lord dwells. As we are entering God’s Home, we must always keep in mind that:

During the following times, WE MUST NOT ENTER THE NAVE of our Church and WE MUST NOT COME TO THE FRONT OF THE CHURCH AND LIGHT A VOTIVE CANDLE:

  • During the Small Entrance (when the procession with the Gospel takes place)

  • During the EPISTLE Reading

  • During the GOSPEL Reading

  • When the priest is censing and is facing the Congregation

  • During the GREAT ENTRANCE (when the procession of the Holy Gifts takes place)

  • When the priest is blessing the Congregation

  • During the recitation of the Nicene Creed (“I believe…”)

  • During the Consecration of the Holy Gifts

  • During the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer (“Our Father…”)

REMEMBER...

  • Silence your mobile devices

  • 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

  • Follow the direction of the Priest for standing and sitting

  • Refrain from applauding

  • Maintain quiet in the Sanctuary

Father George Nikas
Cell:732-232-1036
gnikas@mail.com
20 Hillcrest Road
PO Box 367
Holmdel, NJ 
07733-0367
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 (732) 739-1515
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