The Orthodox Church views all Church services as sacred. As such, we each have a duty as serious worshippers to see that a respectful decorum and atmosphere are maintained so that the congregation can pray sincerely, peacefully without distractions, and meaningfully. Please note these guidelines:
When entering the Church, especially during services, remember that you are in God's House. Be reverent and mindful of others engaged in prayer. This also is an expression of your faith and awareness of God's Presence.
Refrain from any conversations, chit chat in the Narthex or in any part of the Church.
Wear modest and appropriate attire. Common sense and good judgment should prevail.
Refrain from chewing gum.
Avoid wearing lipstick when venerating the icons and receiving Holy Communion.
During the Church Service, please do not move about during these parts. They are:
Procession of the Priest and Altar Boys with the Gospel—Little Entrance
Reading of the Epistle and Gospel
Cherubic Hymn and the Great Entrance with the Holy Gift
The Nicene Creed
The Hymn 'Se Ymnoumen' and the Consecration of the Holy Gifts
Sermon or Homily
Any special services—Memorials, Procession of Icons, etc.
Stop, wait, and stand reverently. One basic rule: Whenever the priest faces the people or is outside the altar on the solea, either censing or blessing, everyone should stand wherever he is.