What to Expect at a Vespers Service

There are three main services that we do at St Basil. Divine Liturgy, Vespers, and Matins.

Vespers is an evening service we celebrate on Saturday nights.

Matins and Divine Liturgy are served on Sunday mornings.
What to expect at a Divine Liturgy.

Check the calendar for the actual schedule.

Vespers

Great Vespers starts at 6:30PM and usually lasts about 45 minutes.

When you arrive you will likely see people sitting quietly praying and the room will be dimly lit by candlelight.

Please grab a service book and find a seat. When the service begins, everyone will stand up. It is the custom of Orthodox Christians to stand at attention during worship.

An Orthodox service can be overwhelming on your first visit. Vibrant images of biblical events and saints cover the walls. You will see people lighting candles and venerating icons. The smell of incense fills the air. People will not only be using their voices to worship, but also their bodies. They will be crossing themselves and bowing or prostrating.

It may seem strange at first, but this is how Christians have worshiped God for 2,000 years.

Parking

The Church is slightly set back from the road. There is ample parking in the front and along the right-hand side of the church.

Nursery

There is a “cry room” located in the back of the Church. The room has seating and large windows that make it possible to watch the service while tending to your little one. 

​Restrooms

Both restrooms are outfitted with changing tables. The women’s restroom is located to the right of the office as you enter the building. The men’s restroom is located in the long hallway that runs along the left side of the building.