| Services Information
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Q: When are your services?
A: The Divine Liturgy is celebrated on Sundays from 8:30 am – 11:30 am, Tuesdays from 5:00 am – 7:00 am, and Fridays from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm. The fourth Saturday of every month is an Arabic only Liturgy from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. Vespers and Matins are prayed on Saturday evenings from 7:30 pm – 8:00 pm, and the
Midnight Praises (aka Tasbeha) are sung on Saturdays nights from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm.
Q: Where are your services?
A: Our services take place at St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church, located on 1450 E. Campbell Road in Richardson, Texas.
Q: What are your Sunday services like?
A: If you have never attended an Orthodox liturgical service before, you may be unfamiliar with or confused by the rituals, prayers, processions, etc. Feel free to ask a congregant for guidance or explanations, or contact Father Boulos in advance so that a congregant can meet you at the door and assist you throughout the liturgical service.
In celebrating the Orthodox Divine Liturgy, we maintain a tradition of worship established by Christ’s apostles, preserved by Church tradition, and inherited by modern-day believers. The Liturgy is formal and traditional, and we ask that all congregants respect the presence of God by dressing modestly (no shorts, hats, cut-offs, sleeveless tops, revealing clothing, etc.). In keeping with I Corinthians 11:5, we ask also that all women cover their head during the Liturgy service. Head scarves are available at the entrance of the church building, or you may bring your own with you. Tri-lingual liturgical books (English, Arabic, and Coptic) containing the text and direction of the liturgy are available to all congregants; the liturgical text and directions also are projected on an overhead screen. Holy Communion is given at the conclusion of the Liturgy.
Q: When should I arrive?
A: We encourage congregants to arrive before the reading of the Gospel, which typically occurs at 9:00 am.
Q: What is expected of me?
A: We are always happy to receive visitors at our church, and we want your experience to be enjoyable and fulfilling. When you visit St. Philopateer Coptic Orthodox Church, you will not be put on the spot. We will not single you out or require you to give us any information. After the service, we will not come knocking on your door. We ask only that you allow us to be your host.