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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #45 on: July 30, 2011, 05:53:26 PM »
They also gush out a loud pious sometimes teary amen at the epiklesis.
I think that might make me uncomfortable.
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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #46 on: July 31, 2011, 12:02:00 AM »
I guess I could learn to live with sitting on the floor, if our church were to ever revert to a non-pew arrangement. However, I guess I'll have to look for an even longer skirt- I don't relish the first 'cold floor' moment when I sit down.  ;)
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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #47 on: August 15, 2011, 01:33:13 PM »
I guess I could learn to live with sitting on the floor, if our church were to ever revert to a non-pew arrangement. However, I guess I'll have to look for an even longer skirt- I don't relish the first 'cold floor' moment when I sit down.  ;)

In my parish, most sit for the sermon. Otherwise, we stand, unless there's a serious health reason not to. Except for Sunday Liturgy, our choir stands in front of the church, and this is an incentive to others to stay standing. Very, very few people sit, except as indicated above.

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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #48 on: August 15, 2011, 02:29:50 PM »
on the days i forgot my age and cycled for nearly an hour to get to church, i did a lot of sitting!
i thought collapsing suddenly from jelly-legs (gello-legs to you americans) might be disruptive.
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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #49 on: August 15, 2011, 02:39:34 PM »
In Orthodox worship we stand for worship. But in many parishes, you sit for the sermon. Technically this is actually a reversal of the ancient practice, where the person speaking would sit, and those listening would stand.

Personally, it doesn't matter too much, depending on how long the sermon typically is. At our parish, we sit on the floor, and our Priest has semi-long sermons (but they are always wonderful!). Some people do remain standing though...

Of course, it still applies that if one cannot stand, then they should sit, but if you are physically able, then you should. (this is especially true during Lent, when the longer services, standing and many prostrations are made to make us feel some discomfort)
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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #50 on: August 15, 2011, 04:12:46 PM »
In my parish the more pious and spiritually advanced stand on one foot on pillars, with their Spiritual Father's blessing.
Like you can see in Bunuel's movie "Simon of the Desert".
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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #51 on: August 15, 2011, 05:13:20 PM »
In my parish the more pious and spiritually advanced stand on one foot on pillars, with their Spiritual Father's blessing.
Like you can see in Bunuel's movie "Simon of the Desert".
Do they bind themselves up with barbed wire, too? I'm amazed this isn't more widely known!

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Re: Sitting on floor during Divine Liturgy
« Reply #52 on: August 15, 2011, 06:24:38 PM »
In my parish the more pious and spiritually advanced stand on one foot on pillars, with their Spiritual Father's blessing.
Like you can see in Bunuel's movie "Simon of the Desert".

Romanians standing in church ??? I thought they were a kneeling people.