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On Pious Behavior in Church by Archpriest Victor Potapov

Archpriest Victor Potapov, rector of Saint John the Baptist Cathedral in Washington D.C., wrote this excellent article below. It addresses many frequently asked questions concerning church etiquette in the Orthodox Church.


From time to time, new parishioners ask us to explain how one should behave during church services. First of all, one must come to the realization that everything externally taking place in church is an expression of our internal feelings, and must be consonant with them. Thus, for example, a prostration is a sign (more…)