Bit of quick background - I'm beginning (with my priest's blessing) to do some informal work with inquirers in my parish.
We had a first time visitor this morning with an Protestant background, recommended to our parish by someone she knows who is Orthodox. She's already talked with our priest a bit.
She had a copy of our monthly calendar with all the services and she asked about Holy Week/Pascha - them's a lot of services!
Anyway, I went through the week with her, telling her length of each service, so she would know what to expect, if she was able to attend.
Something someone else said prompted this post - as an inquirer/catechumen, would you prefer to be told the length of special services, brief bit on what to expect, which ones out of Holy Week she might be interested in attending (for example, I told her the Bridegroom services are all very similar and she could pick one night if she was interested)?
Or would you prefer not to be told?
I remember inquirers in my first parish saying they wished they had known how long Holy Week/Pascha services were.