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I've heard that there is a lot more standing in Eastern divine liturgies than there is at Roman Catholic liturgies, and I have difficulty standing for long stretches of time. Will there be opportunity to sit if I need to?...
Some ECC churches have pews... hopefully the one you go to won't. All have some chairs and maybe benches around the walls for those who need to sit. The Divine Liturgy is much longer than a standard OF Holy Mass so do sit when you need to do so. And when the deacon (or without a deacon the priest) says "Let us conclude our prayers..." you can figure there's still quite a ways to go before communion. :)
Beyond that practical aspect, I'd like to know what else to expect. Are there any special courtesies I need to be aware of? What happens during Communion?
If you look at the "find a parish" link Phillip gave you it lists parishes and their web site if they have one. The "find a parish" site is extremely well maintained and up to date.
Khouria Frederica Mathewes-Green wrote a piece some time back which many have found helpful: 12 Things I Wish I’d Known…. She's Orthodox but our Divine Liturgy is the same. You mention there being Orthodox parishes in your community. You can certainly also go there for liturgies. If it's the Divine Liturgy you just wouldn't go up for Holy Eucharist. It's still an opportunity to share in the Byzantine Liturgy. Most parishes now do have websites and often with calendars for EC and Orthodox because we celebrate at least the 12 main Feast Days (on the day of the week when they occur) and then other special Feast days, like the Feast day for the patron of the parish etc. Those are other times when you can go to liturgy, including the beautiful Festal vigils the night before the Feast Day. If the parish near you is an active one then they probably have vigil every Saturday night.
There are a number of threads here about going to DL for the first time. If you look back a ways you'll find them.
My own suggestion is if they have a service book that you not follow along with it. As your spiritual director said, just "experience it ". There are a number of places where the choir or cantor will chant something which has a refrain that repeats after every verse, a little like the Prayers of the Faithful responses in the OF Mass. You can easily catch on to those and sing along with those.
The priest will use your name when giving you Holy Eucharist so just say your first name audibly when you come up. If you've met him or the deacon prior to Liturgy then they will likely remember your name.
[quote="Barbkw, post:8, topic:213310"]
I taped that program on EWTN, but I can't find the series titles on their website. Two priests sit side by side and talk about the Eastern Church. I'll find the name of the program tonight and post later.
It's Light of the East I haven't seen it listed on the EWTN schedule but I landed on it a weeks ago late at night. It's an old series they re-run especially during Lent and Advent. Very nice program.