In my experience, when a particular prayer/prayers are to be "read", "Greek" churches tend to actually read (i.e., recite) prayers, while "Slavic" churches tend to plainchant those same prayers. Is there any reason for this difference? Does it make any difference?
I know a couple of Antiochian parishes where I've heard stichera (e.g. vepsers) read and also the Epistle. I think it could be the result of many lay people participating that don't have decent voices, aren't in the choir, etc. It could be just a non-Slavic thing. It always sounds "weird" to me when something is only "read" other than the Our Father, The Creed, Prayer before Communion, Homily and maybe a couple of others. I definitely prefer everything (exceptions excluded) at least plainchanted.