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The stuff that you kind of just have to know and that I’ve learned by stumbling across it.

During Services

In general, when the royal doors are closed, the main lights in the nave are extinguished. (In my experience, this does not occur during divine liturgy.)

When serving in the Sanctuary, always turn to the right. This was never explained to me. I happened to read a comment someone made online, and I then realized that’s why another, more-experienced altar server always turned to the right, even though it wasn’t symmetrical.


The term resurrection or resurrectional, when used in a liturgical context, is almost always a synonym for Sunday. For example, the “resurrectional troparion” simply means the “Sunday troparion”.

Great feasts of the Lord (and possibly other great feasts) trump other commemorations, including Sunday (resurrectional) commemorations.

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