I have become curious about Orthodox Christianity lately and want to research it some more. Someone once told me that in order to experience it, dont read. Rather, attend divine liturgy. I do have some questions though. I hope this does not sound shallow of me but I came across Orthodoxy through the beautiful icons and especially the Byzantine/Orthodox chants that are so moving. I think I fell in love with the chants and I REALLY do hope (and pray) to hear more of them.
I have contacted a Greek Parish in another city and the secretary recommended me I visit a local one that is nearby (which is also a Greek Orthodox Church). Apparently, the priest at the church in my city was ordained in the church I contacted. The secretary told me that the parish was most likely 2nd or 3rd generation Greeks (I am not of Greek descent and I speak no Greek). There is another one in my city which she told me of, but it was mostly an ethnic Greek parish. So everything that goes on there, will be in Greek. This lady was so kind too
I have contacted the nearby parish before and told me they allow visitors and it's okay that I dont speak Greek. I wanted to go to divine liturgy today, which was Sunday but I thought it would be rude to just barge in unannounced without letting the priest know that I was going to visit. Should I ask to speak to the priest to let him know that Im going to visit? I have been reading all I can about proper etiquette in an Orthodox church. I hope I remember it all.
What is an Orthodox service like? Is it like the usual sermons in other churches where they preach, lecture, and have the choir singing once in a while?
I know that I am not allowed to take Holy Communion, but would I be allowed to partake in the Antidoron?
Also, what is Orthros? It seems they have these on weekday feast days at night. Does that mean they do them daily? They have Orthros before divine liturgy in the morning.