Hi again Bunny3, I wish I had edited what I wrote before posting. I left one important sentence completely unfinished! Please use this version, instead.
I'm an Orthodox catechumen, still very much wet behind the ears and learning. I was drawn to Orthodox worship precisely because it is so strange. Let me explain. I was raised Mormon, then dabbled in mainstream Evangelical Protestantism afterward, but found both styles of worship (despite doctrinal differences) to be exactly the same: preaching from the stand where church elders are seated. Finding myself spiritually unfulfilled, I began to research Christian origins and the development of worship styles and doctrine over the centuries. What I found is that the style of worship in the churches I was used is very American indeed, based on the architecture and conduct of meetings in the New England town hall. In old Europe, going all the way back to how Christians worshipped in the very first centuries, I learned to my amazement that there was a steady progression of slowly jettisoning elements of the original mode of Christian worship, which looked closest to Orthodoxy today (the oldest of all Christian traditions). Styles of worship in Orthodox and Catholic churches used to look virtually identical, as both come from the same source - the original, universal (catholic with a small 'c' church), which was recognizably Orthodox in character by the early second century. Once the church split into Western (Catholic) and Eastern (Orthodox) halves, the Western church gradually began changing things, with doctrinal and liturgical developments taking the Catholic church away from Orthodoxy and toward what Catholic worship looks like today. These changes within Catholicism were hastened once the Protestant Reformation took place, as Catholicism changed further in response to the threat. By contrast, the Orthodox church in the East hardly changed at all. In fact, if you were to step into a time machine, what you experienced in Divine Liturgy would look and feel almost exactly like what Christian worship looked and felt like in the late second and early third centuries. Incence, gold, icons or statues, robes, chanting, the whole shebang, was the norm for all Christians everywhere for the first 1500 years of Christianity. There's a reason for this. Christianity is a conscious continuation of the worship style of the Jewish temple anciently, with Jesus as the Great High Priest, complete with altar, robes, incense, gold, bread and wine, and atonement sacrifice. The similarity is even evident in church architecture. Orthodox churces are called temples. The iconostasis (the place where the icons are hung in the front of the church) represents the veil of the temple, the space behind the veil where the altar is located represents the holy of holies in the temple, where the Jewish altar was located. The Orthodox priest enters and leaves the holy place, standing in for Jesus, the Great High Priest, just as the ancient Jewish high priest used to enter and leave the holy of holies in the Jewish temple. The atonement rites in the Jewish temple foreshadowed, and were a preparation for, Jesus and His one, eternal sacrifice on the cross. The primary difference now is that in Christianity, the blood sacrifice was done away with and replaced with the one, eternal sacrifice of the Son, the Lamb of God, commemorated in a bloodless manner at every Divine Liturgy, with the bread and the wine (the body and blood of our Lord, the Lamb of God) replacing the body and blood of the sacrifical animals in the original Jewish temple rites. The reason Orthodox worship seems so strange is because modern, Americanized styles of worship have taken the Protestant Reformation to their logical conclusion. All of the gold, incense, robes, and liturgical style of worship that were original to the Jewish temple and the worship style of the very first Christian churches was gradually done away with. The Catholic Mass retains much of it, but not all. Lutheran and Anglican churches have still less, and modern evangelical churches have even less (almost not at all, in point of fact). In Protestant churches, the rituals were mostly elimated and almost totally replaced by the homily (a small part of the Divine Liturgy, but almost the whole point of Protestant worship these days, also called the pastor's sermon). In sum, what I discovered, without ever once attending an Orthodox church, was the what seems so strange within the Divine Liturgy is actually what was considered normal for 1500 of Christianity's 2000 years, until European (and especially American) Protestants came along and changed everything. If you were to teleport a Christian from the late first and early second centuries to the United States today and take them to a church with you, that person would feel just as bewildered and confused as you felt visiting the Orthodox Church. If you took that person to an Orthodox church to attend Divine Liturgy with you, he or she would smile and feel right at home. I guess that's the main thing I wanted to get across. If you want to really experience what worship in an original Christian church was like 1800 years ago, all you need to do is walk into your closest Orthodox church and attend Divine Liturgy. The good news for you is, you don't need a time machine to do this. Just take the train you mentioned and go back to the Orthodox church. It really is the original Christian church, one, holy, and apostolic. I hope that helps.