I'm curious about the what's what of the Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts. From what I understand, regular Liturgy cannot be served on weekdays during Lent, and this is why such services exist. I also get the impression that these services are a fairly major deal in the states. Thing is, no one seems to give them a second thought here in Russia. Weekday Vespers services are PACKED during Lent, especially during the Canon of St. Andrew of Crete, as are weekend Liturgies, but I went to one Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts, and there must have been 10-15 people in the entire place.
A) why would this be? What would the source of the different practices be?
B) can anyone explain the actual nature of a Presanctified Liturgy, in case I'm missing something? It just isn't emphasized here, so I don't know much about it.