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ST. MARY OF ZION

ETHIOPIAN ORTHODOX TEWAHEDO CHURCH - LONDON

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'Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit'

St Matthew 28: 19

Charity No. 282910

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Church Etiquette

SOME REMINDERS ON CHURCH ETIQUETTE

 

“Be silent, all flesh, before the Lord; for he has roused Himself from His Holy dwelling” (Zach. 2:13)

 

From time to time it is necessary to remind ourselves of the practices and traditions of our Orthodox Church so please remember to:  

 

1. SWITCH OFF mobile phones and electronic devices before entering the church.

 

2. REMOVE SHOES and make the sign of the cross three times over yourself on entering the church. (Ex. 3:5-6)

 

3. DRESS APPROPRIATELY by covering yourself with a netala or gabbi and avoid wearing tight fitting or revealing clothing.

 

4. STAND UP and remain still/silent (a) when the priest chants “Ahadu” (b) when the Holy Gospel is being read and (c) when the Holy Communion is being received. ( Ps. 46:10)

 

5. SUPERVISE YOUNG CHILDREN who should remain with their parents and refrain from running around/playing in church during the liturgy.

 

6. DISCRETELY break the fast with a handful of raisins after the final dismissal prayer by the clergy, if you have received Holy Communion.

 

7. WAIT until food is blessed by a priest before eating. At no time should food be eaten in front of the altar.

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