The Divine Liturgy (Soorp Badarak) is celebrated every Sunday at 10 a.m. Please be on time and observe our Armenian Church traditions:
Cross yourself when you enter the church, when you see the priest give the sign of the cross to the congregation, and every time you hear a reference to “Father, Son and Holy Ghost” (“Hor yev Vortvo yev Hokvooyn Surpo”). In addition, it is proper to cross yourself both before and after receiving Holy Communion (Soorp Haghortootioun).
Enter only at the proper times in the service.
Completely SHUT OFF ALL ELECTRONIC DEVICES as they interfere with our microphone system.
Please use the Badarak books, which are provided for you in the pews. The service is written in both Armenian and English sections – first Armenian, then English. You can easily follow along and will see arrow on the sides of the pages indicating when it is proper to stand, kneel or sit.
In the Armenian Church, it is proper for you to kneel at certain points in the service. Our pews have the feature of kneeling pads, which were purchased for this purpose. Please use them.
By all means, sing! The Divine Liturgy has many parts that are sung and the congregation is expected to join in. If you have a good voice and ear, please join the Choir, which is always looking for members who are musical.
If you are in the company of small children, we ask that you use the “Cry Room” just off the Narthex to the right, where you can sit comfortably and listen to the service through the speakers. You can watch everything through the windows while minding your little ones. Bring them in for Soorp Haghortootioun (Holy Communion) – everyone enjoys seeing our beloved children.
The Kiss of Peace is an important part of our church service. The greeting is “Kreesdosee mech mer haydnetsav” and the response is “Orhnial eh haydnoutiounuh Kreesdosee”. (At special times during the year, this greeting is altered slightly.)
It is proper for ladies and girls to cover their heads during confession and communion. Lace head coverings are provided every Sunday for this purpose.
We know your spiritual life is very important to you, as it is to us. We wish to preserve the sanctity of the church services and the church traditions that have been established over many centuries. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.