I am Greek Orthodox. In our community, a group of Arabic individuals is looking to start their own Eastern Orthodox community. Unfortunately, their language is of paramount importance to them, and they have refused to join our community, even though about 90% of our service is done in English. They also have some Roman Catholics in their community who refuse to convert but still want to partake of the Sacraments, mostly because the Patriarch of Jerusalem, they say, allows that to happen in certain parts of the Middle East (I cannot confirm or deny this).
Anyway, we have taken to renting them our Church in order for them to hold their own Divine Liturgies as we can't seem to get them to be part of us, and don't want to stop them from forming their own community.
Now, we come to Holy Week. Rather than join us, they want to hold their own services immediately following our (except for Holy Saturday - but even then they are looking at holding the service at 9:00 a.m on Sunday.
On Holy Thursday and Holy Friday, they want to hold those services immediately following ours. There is something about bothersome about that to me. I can't wrap my arms around Christ being crucified by the Greek Orthodox, and then Christ being taken down from the Cross, and then being crucified again 3 hours later in the same Church. Same with Holy Friday, for the Body of Christ to be removed from the tomb and placed on the altar, and then being placed back into the tomb and being removed again.
Maybe it's because I just have never seen or been part of anything like this before. It may be perfectly acceptable, I'm just struggling with it.
Any help or information for this sinner would be most appreciated.