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A greeting plus a question:
« on: September 14, 2013, 06:12:31 PM »
Hi folks. I'm a newcomer to Orthodox Christianity. Tomorrow I'm planning to attend a Divine Liturgy at the nearby Antiochian Church in my area.

My question is regarding proper etiquette. Obviously I'll dress nicely and be as respectful as possible.

Are there any major 'dos' or 'don'ts' that I should be aware of?

Thanks much!

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #1 on: September 14, 2013, 06:57:39 PM »
Welcome :)

Only those who have been baptized or chrismated can receive communion, so don't go forward when everyone else does; if you knew that already then forgive me.  ;D

Not sure if men and women sit separate in Antiochian Churches but someone will chime in about that if they do.
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #2 on: September 14, 2013, 07:21:28 PM »
Just be yourself.  Try to follow what others around you doing when it comes to standing and sitting and enjoy the experience.  I still remember my first visit to a liturgy and how beautiful it was.

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #3 on: September 15, 2013, 01:23:25 AM »
Welcome to the forum :)

Only things I can think of off the top of my head is: at the end of the service you may (if you want) go up and get blessed by the cross and talk to the priest or just introduce yourself;  if you feel comfortable you can cross yourself during the service, it's easiest just to follow along for the when and how;  non-Orthodox don't receive communion, but most Orthodox churches in America are ok with non-Orthodox receiving blessed bread ("antidoran"), so if someone offers you some bread it's ok to eat it; some congregations kneel, some don't, some have half the people kneel, etc., just follow along works best, or do whatever seems most comfortable.
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2013, 03:01:10 AM »
Don't dress up so well you are distracting ;p

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #5 on: September 15, 2013, 05:12:52 PM »
yeah, don't wear a robe or they will think you are a science fiction fan...
 ;)
otherwise stand up for the gospel reading and sit or stand or whatever is comfortable for the rest.
say hi to people afterwards. they might be too shy to talk to you first.

may God bless i and guide u and show you His light and His love.
and let us know how it goes!
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #6 on: September 16, 2013, 12:36:19 AM »
How did it go?

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2013, 06:05:02 AM »
Quite well. Had a great experience and everyone was very friendly. Going back next week.

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2013, 08:47:36 AM »
What part of the country do you hail from?

I remember my first liturgy, it was quite overwhelming, but in a good way.  Glad to hear your going back!  Best wishes on your journey.
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #9 on: September 16, 2013, 09:44:51 AM »
Quite well. Had a great experience and everyone was very friendly. Going back next week.

Good to hear. Praise be to God!
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #10 on: September 16, 2013, 02:16:42 PM »
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Quite well. Had a great experience and everyone was very friendly. Going back next week.

I've been Orthodox for over a year now. I truly love it. I've learned more this past year then I've learned in years as a protestant. I hope you grow to love it as much as I have.
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #11 on: September 16, 2013, 10:43:26 PM »
What part of the country do you hail from?

I remember my first liturgy, it was quite overwhelming, but in a good way.  Glad to hear your going back!  Best wishes on your journey.

Florida, West coast.

Thanks for the wishes.

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #12 on: September 16, 2013, 10:44:32 PM »
Thanks much to all who weighed in. This journey is proving to be quite fascinating  ;D

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #13 on: September 16, 2013, 11:20:20 PM »
Welcome, glad to hear it went well.
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #14 on: September 18, 2013, 09:09:42 PM »
I have one other question. Is it required that one's Patron Saint be the one that shares one's Christian name?

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #15 on: September 18, 2013, 10:39:41 PM »
There's no requirement per se, but why not keep him/her?  It was probably his/her prayers that helped you along to get to where you are now even before you were conscious of it.  Also, you could always add one while keeping the one with whom you share a name.   
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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #16 on: September 18, 2013, 10:46:25 PM »
Thanks. I'm actually totally cool with it, I was just curious.

Big fan of Saint Thomas  ;)

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Re: A greeting plus a question:
« Reply #17 on: September 18, 2013, 10:51:20 PM »
What a coincidence, so am I!  Without him, I might still be an idol-worshiper.  :P
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