Well, let's not forget the "about an hour away" part, mm-kay?
Hmm. If it is an hour away, that adds two hours round trip, whereas the ROCOR is 20 minutes round trip, no?
The shortest Vespers I have ever been to (OCA) was about 40 minutes. I think the minimum would be a half an hour. So the total time set aside for worship going to the the OCA is 2 1/2 hours+.
I don't recall ever being to a ROCOR All Night Vigil (I'm assuming that is what all ROCOR parishes do for Sat., but correct me if I am wrong). I used to go to the OCA Cathedral for All Night Vigil and I seem to remember it being around just under 2 hours or so. So how much would be set aside for worship going to the ROCOR parish? How long does the All Night Vigil, if that is the universal practice of all their parishes, take?
Some ROCOR parishes do All Night Vigil every weekend, some just do Vespers. Vigil usually takes something like 2.5 hours. I'm guessing the parish in question is doing
All Night Vigil on Satirday evenings.
Keep in mind two hours of time spent going to the OCA church is spent driving in a car. As someone who commutes to church an hour each way, I can testify it's not fun and that the time spent in the car definitely sucks compared to time spent in church lol.
We travel an hour toand from church, try to get a dvd of canons before communion to play and pray enroute, it makes the travel time more productive.