Polycarp the Holy Martyr & Bishop of Smyrna; Proterios, Archbishop of Alexandria; Gorgonia the Righteous, sister of Gregory the Theologian; Damian the New Martyr of Mount Athos; Boswell, Abbot of Melrose Abbey
The most important attitudes to have inside the altar are:
Respect: First and foremost to God. This is the easiest and clearest way to show God how much you love Him and what He means to you. Disrespectful behavior includes joking, playing, chatting, practical jokes, distracting others and making them laugh. Remember that we always pray to God in the liturgy “For this holy house and for those who enter it with faith, reverence, and the fear of God”. Remember what God said of the Pharisees “These people draw near to Me with their mouth, and honor Me with their lips, but their heart is far from Me”. God forbid this be said of us!
Love: Always treat others, especially younger boys, with gentleness and love. Never push or yell at another altar boy. Remember Christ’s commandment to us “Love one another as I have loved you”. And what
Prayerfulness: This is the reason we’re at the church. Focus on the service and follow along. Make the prayers of the liturgy your own, for your family, for your friends, for a sick person, and for your loved ones. Chant along with the service. David the prophet said in the psalms “I will chant to my God as long as I live”.
Always do your cross when entering the altar area. Always remember that you’re in a very holy place.
Line up by the holy table by the carpet anytime the congregation is standing.
Once in the altar area, no one is allowed to go into the rooms on either side for any reason without checking with Mr. Dani even for getting bread or hot water. No Exceptions.
All Acolytes (Altar Boys) must stand by the chant stand during a memorial service.
No peeking through the curtains. If interested in watching a churching, for example, you can always go outside and stand by the chanting stand.
Always do your best to leave the altar area clean and neat. Remember that God rejoices when you give Him the best you can offer. A clean altar is the least we can do to show our love to God.
Blow out the candles in the altar especially the ones used for great entrance.
Unplug the water heater and drain its water.
Put all left-over bread and crumbs on all counters (cutting table + sink + freezer top) outside.
Place the cutting board + tray + Antithoron knife + water pot + 2 bowels inside the big tub; close it and place 2 books on top.
Vacuum the room and the corridor area outside until it’s completely clean. Make sure you vacuum all crumbs on all sides of the cutting table.