Holy Week is a time of especially long church services, which are frequently abbreviated to make the parishioners' lives easier. But has anyone else ever been in a situation where the clergy and choir seemed to make very odd decisions about what to abbreviate?
For example, this year at Holy Friday Matins, we skipped more than 2/3 of the antiphons between Gospel readings (including Antiphon XV, "Today He Who Hung The Earth Upon the Waters"), but did every single Little Litany, and we even added something I'd never heard of, the "Royal Beginning" of Matins, where the usual beginning is followed by Ps. 19 & 20, a Little Litany, and a couple of other short things. I don't understand the reasoning at all.
Has anyone else had this experience?