ARE NON-ORTHODOX VIS­I­TORS WELCOME?

Yes, absolutely. We welcome new comers with open arms. All are welcome, regardless what religious denomination you are. If you have questions, the parish priest will be happy to answer them. 

So, don’t be afraid to ask questions about what we do and why.The divine Liturgy is usually in the language of English, Coptic, and Arabic to everyone. In addition, we have a large screen for translation presentation that updates continuously during the Liturgy with the prayers. You may follow the service text, or, if you prefer, simply close your eyes and worship.Following the Sunday Divine Liturgy, you are invited to join us for a “light meal or coffee” the church mess hall, which is a good time to get to know our parish members and meet our priest.

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HOW LONG ARE THE SERVICES?

On Sat­ur­day evenings, the Evening Rais­ing of Incense ser­vice (Ves­pers) is gen­er­ally 45 min­utes in length, includ­ing a short homily in Ara­bic or Eng­lish. On Sun­day morn­ings, a sim­i­lar ser­vice is cel­e­brated before the Divine Liturgy. After­wards, the Divine Liturgy is approx­i­mately 3 hours in length with an Eng­lish homily at approx­i­mately 9:30 am and the Dis­tri­b­u­tion of the Mys­tery of the Eucharist from 11:00-11:30 am. YES, the service is long, but truly an unexplained harmony and peace within you. It feels like you have truly worshipped the liv­ing God.

IS THERE A DRESS CODE?

The general rule for men and women is to dress modestly and respectfully, as before the living God. It is preferred that you do not wear shorts, mini-skirts, tank tops, low-cut or strapless dresses (unless covered by a sweater, etc.).If you have a medical reason for wearing certain clothing, of course you can wear the clothing item.

During Mass we show our understanding that this is a special time, set apart from our daily routines: 

  • We take more time to prepare our appearance for Mass than we do for everyday occasions.
  • We choose outfits for Mass that are a bit nicer or different than our everyday wear. 
  • We dress ourselves modestly to reflect our dignity as children of God.
  • We remain quiet in the church with our attention focused upon God. 
  • We avoid distractions during Mass by turning off cell phones.
  • We strive to keep our attention sharp, responding in prayer and song.
  • We greet others with joy and fellowship before or after Mass.

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CHILDCARE?

Each parent is responsible to take care of their child. However, if your baby or child gets fussy, talkative, or has a melt-down, THAT IS OK!! However, at times walking outside and change of scenery usually helps calming the child down and just return quietly.

STAND­ING OR SITTING?

The traditional posture for prayer and worship in the Orthodox Church is to stand, as before the King, our Lord. In many churches in Egypt, there are typically no pews in the churches. Chairs or benches on the side walls are usually reserved for the elderly and parents. However, it is encouraged that you stand during the Gospel reading, the Anaphora through the Institution Narrative, the distribution of the Holy Mystery, when the priest gives a blessing, and at the Dismissal.

IS SUN­DAY SCHOOL FOR CHIL­DREN AVAILABLE?

On Sundays, we provide Sunday school in small groups for children in grades prep through twelve.Sunday school begins 12:00pm and usually lasts for hour.

LIGHT­ING CANDLES?

Lighting candles is an important part of Orthodox worship and piety. We light candles as we pray, making an offering to accompany our prayers. There are times when candles should not be lit. Candles should not be lit during the Epistle or Gospel readings, and during the sermon. You do not have to be an Orthodox Christian to light a candle and pray!

CAN NON-ORTHODOX RECEIVE THE HOLY EUCHARIST?

Orthodox priests may only serve the Holy Eucharist to baptised members in good standing of the canonical Orthodox Church, who have recently confessed, and fasted before partaking of the Holy Eucharist. This is the ancient tradition of the Holy Church for the 2,000 years of its history.