After attending a Divine Liturgy I have a few questions concerning the traditions of the Eastern Christians. Keep in mind I am a Roman Catholic so my perspective is different as a result. If someone could explain to me the following traditions I witnessed this past Sunday:
- Everyone is to receive communion…babes, children, adults (whether without sin or with sin even if guilty of mortal sin)
*The priest told me that I should receive communion always. Confession should be done but if I am unable to attend, as long as I made the effort I should still receive the Eucharist. As a Roman Catholic, I have always been taught that if there is even doubt, then I should not receive the Eucharist.
Sign of the Cross from right to left instead of from left to right. Is this just a minor detail or is there more meaning?
Standing up the entire Mass. No kneeling, not even during the consecration.
Leavened bread instead of unleavened bread.
Some concerns are smaller than others. Some are just pure curiosity. Thanks in advance!