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Rituals and Worship

Sacred Time

Like many Christian churches, the Oriental Orthodox follow a regular liturgical calendar that marks the important dates in the life of Christ and in the history of the community.

Sacred Space

The central sacred space for Oriental Orthodox communities is the church building itself, where regular liturgical services are held. In addition, monasteries and sites associated with saints, Church founders, and patriarchs may also be considered sacred.

Rites and Ceremonies

In addition to regular liturgical meetings of the community, the Oriental Orthodox tradition has established a number of important ritual ceremonies commemorating important stages in the lives of Church members.

Worship and Devotion in Daily Life

The weekly liturgical celebration is by far the most important act of worship, although many of the faithful have developed methods of private devotion such as prayer and spiritual reading to deepen their daily spiritual experience.


Oriental Orthodox tradition makes use of the full range of biblical symbols available to Christian iconography and discourse, although some of these churches have been influenced by imagery from their respective national traditions.