Please forgive my ignorance, but I saw something after a Roman daily Mass today that was new to me. I’m traveling, so this is not my usual church.
Immediately after Mass, a man started chanting and was seated and sometimes prostrated on a rug, shoes off, similar to how I’ve seen Muslims pray. I don’t know a better way to describe it than that. The chanting was not familiar to me, and I can’t really say what language it was but sounded like Arabic or a related language.
I’m not familiar with this town, so I do not know the actual compass direction he was facing, but it was toward the front of the chapel. Liturgical East, for us Latins.
The priest was aware of his presence there.
Are there any Eastern Catholic churches who pray in this manner? I have little exposure to traditions outside the Roman church, so again please forgive my ignorance.