How to behave in an Orthodox church?


I would like to ask a question. I’m going to a largely Orthodox country in a couple of days and I will very likely visit some Orthodox churches. Orthodox have the Eucharist and I also believe that in the East they keep Jesus under the appearance of bread in the tabernacles like our Latin rite. How should we react when we enter the their church, pass by the tabernacle etc.? On one had I should pay honor to Jesus and the place where he is kept but on the other hand I don’t want to give a scandal because however close to the Truth Orthodoxy is, on the end of the day they are in schism.

So, should I make a sign of the cross (or any other sign of reverence) when I enter their church and should I genuflect when passing by the tabernacle (or do some other sign)?

Thank you and sorry for bothering you!

In Christ,


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