David I honestly think you don't understand because you are analyzing this as an outsider ... living the days before Christs crucifixtion and feeling it every step of the way until Pascha when you feel gladness and peace as Christ is risen, He is Truly Risen.
Interesting you should both say that sort of thing.
I have tried to get to an Orthodox service, but when I was free, either the church was miles away up in a mountain village with an early morning service (Albania), or it was in the village where I was, but they only had a service one Sunday in four because of a shortage of priests (Crete). I was in Corfu one Easter, but worshipped at the Evangelical church in Iakovou Polila street and was invited thence to a Greek-style Easter dinner (lamb on spit, home-made wine, etc etc). I intend to visit our nearest Orthodox church one Sunday morning - some 12 miles away in a cemetery - but I am waiting till a suitable date when I am not preaching anywhere, and when we have a service at our Baptist church which I don't mind missing. I have been in touch with them by e-mail.
Reading Bulgakov's "Orthodox Devotions for the Church Year" I had thoughts very similar to those you express in the two previous posts: that one way you Orthodox excel us is in your re-enacting or commemorating the events of Christ's life. We have no real concept of a 'church year' beyond Christmas and Easter, and maybe Whitsun, and I agree we are impoverished. I also agree with the post which says we would benefit from more liturgical prayers, some of which are of great age, beauty, strength and truth. Some other people feel the same, as we have even begun to have the occasional 'prayer from a book', but I have not been bold enough to get the congregation to pray them aloud in unison. I feel such an innovation is the right of the pastor (who agrees with me). Change can be a very slow thing. Many churches, sadly, are either becoming increasingly entertainment-based, or are withdrawing into a hard-line ghetto mentality as they see the world and the churches go into accelerating decline. (I feel that some Orthodox people suffer from a similar minority, ghetto mentality.)
Some of Bulgakov's homilies come across as extremely weird to an outsider; others are most heart-warming and edifying, like the one I quoted above. It is only now (as far as I know) that a tiny trickle of Orthodox books are being imported from America and sold here, as people leave the Anglican Church in disgust at the ordination of women, at tolerance of sodomy, etc, and so the Orthodox Church is one of the few that are growing, and perhaps as we open our doors to more and more immigrants from Orthodox countries.
When I got drawn into this forum, one thing I posted very early on was the hope that (as I have learnt and benefited from various writers of denominations, even the mediæval West), I might learn and benefit also from the Orthodox Church. Some of the posts that appear are very winsome; others are as off-putting as the worst I have encountered among the narrower and more clamant Protestant wings.