Saint Maurice Coptic Orthodox Church
كنيسة القديس موريس القبطية الأرثوذكسية
Diocese of Los Angeles
Spiritual Instructions for the Deacons
The deacons should follow the following instructions:
1) Pray after waking up in the morning the solitary prayers (according to Matthew 6:6-13):
"But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to
your Father who [is] in the secret [place]; and your Father who sees in secret will reward
you openly. 7 "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen [do]. For they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. 9 "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as [it] [is] in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen."
2) After leaving your house and on the way to the church, the following Psalms should be recited:
+ Psalm122 :1-9
1 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go into the house of the Lord."2 Our feet have been standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem! 3 Jerusalem is built As a city that is compact together, 4 Where the tribes go up, The tribes of the Lord, To the Testimony of Israel, To give thanks to the name
of the Lord. 5 For thrones are set there for judgment, The thrones of the house of David. 6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you. 7 Peace be within your walls, Prosperity within your palaces." 8 For the sake of my brethren and companions, I will now say, "Peace [be]
within you." 9 Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek your good.
+ Psalm 27:4-5
4 One [thing] I have desired of the Lord, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the Lord All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the Lord, And to inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.
+ Psalm 65:4
4 Blessed [is] [the] [man] You choose, And cause to approach [You], [That] he may dwell in Your courts. We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Of Your holy temple.
3) When you enter the church, imagine yourself entering heaven to stand in front of the almighty God among the angels and all the saints.
4) As you are entering the church, you should make the sign of the cross and enter slowly to allow time to repeat Psalm 84.
+ Psalm 84:1-12
84:1 How lovely [is] Your tabernacle, O Lord of hosts! 2 My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. 3 Even the sparrow has found a home, And the swallow a nest for herself, Where she may lay her young-- [Even] Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. 4 Blessed [are] those who dwell in Your house; They will still be praising You. Selah 5 Blessed [is] the man whose strength [is] in You, Whose heart [is] set on pilgrimage. 6 [As] [they] pass through the Valley of Baca, They make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. 7 They go from strength to strength; [Each] [one] appears before God in Zion.
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer; Give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah 9 O God, behold our shield, And look upon the face of Your anointed. 10 For a day in Your courts [is] better than a thousand. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness. 11 For the Lord God [is] a sun and shield; The Lord will give grace and glory; No good [thing] will He withhold From those who walk uprightly. 12 O Lord of hosts, Blessed [is] the man who trusts in You!
5) You should stand up at the front of the Lord’s altar and repeat as the prophet and king David said in Psalm 5:7 " But as for me, I will come into Your house in the multitude of Your mercy; In fear of You I will worship toward Your holy temple." Then you should kneel down three times and say in
the first one: "I kneel to you my Lord Jesus Christ,", and in the second " to your Good Father," and in the third "and to the Holy Spirit because you came and saved us."
6) Stand up and lift your eyes to heaven and repeat Psalm 123:
+ Psalm 123:1-4
1 Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens. 2 Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] to the hand of their masters, As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress, So our eyes [look] to the Lord our God, Until He has mercy on us. 3 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us! For we are exceedingly filled with contempt. 4 Our soul is exceedingly filled With the scorn of those who are at ease, With the contempt of the proud. Then you will take your place quietly after receiving the blessing from the priest.
7) While praying, do not greet other people. If you must, it is enough to greet others by placing your hand on your chest while bowing your head.
8) Do not speak with anyone at all. Do not whisper in anyone’s ear. Do not compliment or
reprimand by words or by signals to anyone, because the Lord is present with us during the prayers.
9) Do not sit down during the Divine Liturgy and do not exit the church before the end of the Divine Liturgy.
10) Participate in the prayers with the priest only by your spirit.
11) Do not delay the carrier of the offering box, rather be prepared with your donation. You must know that the offering is part of the prayers and when you make your offering remember the Lord’s command in Exod 23:15.
+ Exod 23:15
15 "You shall keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread (you shall eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded you, at the time appointed in the month of Abib, for in it you came out of Egypt; none shall appear before Me empty).
Book about the Deacon's rank, responsibilities and more..
By: Anba Mettaous
Abbot of El Sourian Monastery