I experienced my first visit to an Orthodox church in Las Vegas (OCA) and really loved it. The one thing I found really exciting was that there was very little chairs except around the perimeter of the building. Most everyone stood throughout the Divine Liturgy except for some older ones and a few with children. I really loved this arrangement. Everyone was moving to light candles and kiss and bow before the icons ect. I stood the entire time. I was able to move around to see things and and stand next to other people at times and make observations. Sometimes others would come and stand next to me. One person who was wearing a cassock stood next to me and would sing during the service. I thought this was the greatest thing on how people should come and worship in the church. It was energetic and active to me.
I noticed online some pictures that some churches have pews or rows of chairs. I hope this is not the normal thing!
I loved standing and if I knew what I was doing I would have participated more. One website said that they had chairs and the people that wanted to stand needed to stand in the back so as not to block the view
Here is a couple of questions I had.
Do most churches have the traditional arrangement in which chairs or benches are provided around the perimeter and there is an open area for standing traditional worship in the middle?
I was raised a JW and I just can't see myself sitting in a chair again during the whole service or standing in the back. How boring.
The other question I had is how common is it to hear the Western Liturgy verses the Eastern Liturgical style?
I went to St Pauls in Las Vegas. I have no idea what they use there but I enjoyed it very much.
Also it did not seem like many people were singing except maybe a few people and the man in a cassock next to me. Do Orthodox people sing?