Hello, everybody. I have a couple of fairly simple questions about Orthodox Christian worship that I hope any Orthodox Christians (or other well-informed people on this site) would be able to answer for me. I put them all together so as to not deluge this forum with several new threads at once, and because I see these questions as being fairly easy to answer and not likely to involve much discussion beyond an explanation of what Orthodox Christians do and possibly why, if anybody would like to add that to their explanation for extra credit:D
I’m not looking for a debate here, and I really am just interested in learning about another faith tradition, so I intend no disrespect with any of these questions.
Anyway, my questions are as follows:
What position do Orthodox Christians typically pray in? On their knees or prostrating themselves in some other way? In their churches, do they frequently or always face east when praying?
Do Orthodox Christians have an equivalent to daily Mass. If so, would they call it (if speaking English) daily Mass or something else?
How do members of one Orthodox Church view members of another Orthodox Church? Would they see themselves as different parts of one larger Church, or in another way entirely? Would a Russian Orthodox traveler, for instance, go to a Greek Orthodox Church to receive Communion and pray if he were on a business trip and there wasn’t a Russian Orthodox Church nearby, or would cultural/language barriers make that awkward?
Thanks in advance to anyone who answers. I appreciate any information anyone can provide.
I did try to look up some answers online, but I wasn’t sure of the accuracy of the info I was getting off Google…