Monday, May 7, 2012

MYMM: Religious Services

At some point, most of us will attend religious services. Rather they are for your own religion, or a different religion, there are some important guidelines to follow. I (C) was inspired to write this after recently attending a few Catholic sacrament services and seeing less than appropriate behavior.

1. Dress appropriately. If you're going to a service for your own religion, you know the drill. However, if you're not Jewish and you're invited to Temple, find out from the person who invited you what to wear. Also-not a bad idea to consult with the internet.
2. Participate as fully as possible. You may not understand the Hebrew or Latin phrases, but say them anyway. After the service, it's ok to ask the celebrant or your friend. They will appreciate your curiosity and openness.
3. Be open. It may be out of your comfort zone, but we all know religious awareness is important.
4. Don't make any comments/small talk you wouldn't want a celebrant to hear. When I heard someone having a highly inappropriate conversation, I knew I had to write a post about this. Small talk is important here.
5. Pay attention. Even if you zone out in the homily, (we all do sometimes) definitely refrain from talking, looking at papers, and dare I even have to say texting.

Keep minding your manners!!

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