Glossary

Descriptions of Church Terms and Services

 

Names of Things

Orthodox Churches are beautiful. What's in them? Find out in this video.

 

Name of Our Church in San Angelo

People often ask what our name means. We are named after the falling asleep of Christ's mother, the day when she went to join her Lord, Savior, and Son in Heaven. Find out more on our About page.

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Names of Worship Services

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Morning prayers, hymns, and readings from the Psalms and Old Testament. 


A quiet and meditative service.


This service prepares us for the Liturgy service, and then flows seamlessly into it.

Also called Matins.

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The morning worship service of Holy Communion, with the reading of the

Gospel and Epistle.


A joyful and energetic service. 


The priest and the congregation sing hymns and prayers in response to each other, as they work together to worship God. 

Also called Mass.

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Children's Church

Children's church is THE Church. Jesus said, "Let the little children come unto me, and do not hinder them."


Children stay with their parents during the worship service, participating in ways that reflect their age.  


Young children are welcome to play with quiet toys or color, while they listen to the service. When the entire congregation stands, they should stand attentively at those times.


If the child needs a short break during the service, the parent may take them out and bring them back in. Children need to be in church in order to learn how to go to church. They are welcome here.

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This is an evening worship service on Wednesdays during Lent, and some other special days as well.


An evening service of Holy Communion, with the reading of the Gospel and Epistle. 


A candlelight service that is somber but expresses our belief in the Resurrection.