The thing that annoys me the most about high-backed vestments is the way the back gets off center, if you will. I'm a bit of a stickler for symmetry in many things, this being one of them. It distracts me so much that I want to run up and fix the vestment for the priest, kind of like picking a white thread off the back of a dark blue sweater
This is true. Just to look up and see that the cross on the back is just a hair
to the right-of-center can be quite annoying! However, I have heard from one priest that the high-back is the more ancient tradition, as is true for many things in the Russian Church, which was cut off from the various reforms over time from the Greeks. This accounts for many of the changes between the two liturgical customs.
How after watching that could anyone even think of going to a service in a protestant church with a "praise band".
This is the Faith that established the universe..
I know, right!? I've went to a Protestant church a few times for friends, but I haven't regularly attended for over two years. I wonder what my thoughts would be?
I have a friend who I knew before becoming Orthodox, she and her husband are now inquiring at my parish (her husband's two brothers are recent converts here, as well). She went to visit friends last weekend and attended services with them at a Baptist church. She said it felt so shallow and empty. She's only been inquiring for a few months!