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Plans to attend a Syriac Orthodox Church next weekend

lovesupreme

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Hello all,

I am going to Glendale/Burbank next weekend and I am looking forward to visiting St Ephraim Syriac Orthodox Cathedral for services and for discussing my plans to learn Syriac.

As much as I enjoyed my rather improvised visit to the Armenian Church last time, I'd like to be a little bit more prepared this time. Are there any particular customs or other topics that someone in my situation (an English-speaking Antiochian) should know about?

The website I linked to is quite old, but I did manage to find the priest's email address so I'm hoping to get in contact with him. Still, I'm curious if anyone here has connections with the particular parish.
 

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If you are not already familiar with the Divine Liturgy of the Syriac Orthodox Church , it may be helpful if you get yourself familiar with it by reviewing 'Divine Liturgy book for faithful (Anaphora)' part 1 and part 2 at the following link.  It has the Syriac hymns transliterated using the latin script with the meanings next to it in English; which I think would be be helpful for an English speaking person not familiar with the Syriac tradition.

http://www.soc-wus.org/worship/liturgy.htm

Or you can download it as a  word document and print it at:
http://www.syriacmusic.com/pdf/Service_Book_of_the_Holy_Divine_Liturgy.doc
 
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