In Australia under the Greek tradition we have pews here. But the fact is that people hardly sit in them, we only sit for the reading of the Gospel and the homily.
Prodromas, Greeks sit during the Epistle
, NEVER during the Gospel. In fact, as any Orthodox kid soon learns, your mother, baba, yiayia, etc, would soon make sure you were on your feet for the Gospel, the Creed, and the Lord's Prayer as an absolute minimum.
88Devin12, there are two main streams of opinion re "pews" v "no pews". Greeks and some others have generally adopted pews as mainstream in their churches, for a variety of reasons, whereas the Slavs (Russian, Serbian, etc) have generally maintained a "no pew" position, apart from a few chairs or stalls along the walls and back of the church for those who need them. I have a lifetime's experience of both Greek and Slavic Orthodox tradition, and, frankly, whether an Orthodox church has pews or not makes not a scrap of difference to its "authenticity" of worship. It is a matter of custom, not theology or doctrine, despite what some try to say.