Rules of Church
We are striving in our parish to follow the
Orthodox Apostolic traditions to
the best оf our ability and expect that all who
come to our services will also attempt to do the same.
In particular it is
traditional for women to wear a scarf or hat during the services as
well as to wear a dress or skirt (as opposed to pants). Men should not
cover their heads during the services and should wear a "casual
dress": neither tuxedo nor jeans, but something in between.
No one will be cast out for violating the dress code, of course, but
generally we try to dress in such a way that we neither distract
ourselves nor others from prayer. Those who are aware of proper
attire are asked to be very understanding of those who are not.
Simply observing will make it obvious to the one who may have
"For a man indeed ought not to cover his
head, forasmuch as he is the glory of God: but the woman is the
glory of the man. For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of
the man. Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman
for the man. For this cause ought the woman to have power on her
head because of the angels... Judge in yourselves: is it comely that
a woman pray unto God uncovered?" (1 Cor. 11,
Orthodox Christians who had been baptized or
in some other canonical fashion joined to the Orthodox Church may
partake of Holy Communion. One must confess before communing.
Confessions begin at 8:30 a.m. on the days of the Divine Liturgy and
end promptly at 9:15 a.m. when the Hours begin. Children of 7-years
old and younger may partake of Holy Communion without confessing.
More details could be found in the reference "Basics
of the Orthodoxy" on the left of this page.