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Entering the Church Late

The time to arrive at church is before the service starts, but for some unknown reason, it has become the custom – or rather the bad habit – for some to come to church late. If you arrive after the Divine Liturgy begins, try to enter the church quietly – and observe what is happening. If the Epistle or Gospel is being read or the Little or Great Entrance is taking place, wait until it is finished to quickly find a seat. If Father is giving the sermon, stay in the back until he has concluded. If in doubt, check with one of the ushers to see if it is a good time to be seated. Try not to interrupt the Liturgy with your entrance. The best way to avoid this problem is to arrive on time, then you don’t have to wonder if it’s okay to come in or not. People who come late to the Liturgy should not partake of the Eucharist.