Worship

Worship in the Orthodox Church is understood to be the highest calling of mankind, to fall down at the feet of the Almighty God, the Holy Trinity, and to be given over entirely to Him, becoming united mystically with Him in the holy mysteries. To worship God is to fulfill the purpose for which we were created.

Orthodox worship is liturgical, that is, it follows specific ritual patterns and cycles in reverent dignity and embracing the whole of the human person. Orthodox worship is transformative in its nature, bringing the Christian more deeply into communion with God and with his cooperation changing him into a holy person, a saint.

Worship is distinct from veneration in that the latter is the genuine respect that Orthodox Christians show for holy people and things, while worship itself is a total giving over of the self to be united to God. 

A secondary but essential component of worship in Orthodoxy is to teach the dogmas of the faith, forming the Christian in the doctrines of the Church.

The center of Orthodox Christian liturgical life is the Divine Liturgy. Other major services include Verspers and Matins.