Thanks everyone for advice! I finally attended Orthros and Divine Liturgy for the first time.
I attended a Greek parish in Manhattan today and really like the incense, Icons and the chanting. Since I have explored Orthodoxy for more than two years, I didn’t have much trouble with kissing the Gospel Book, icons and other general converting issues regarding Orthodox faith. However, I couldn’t really follow the saying, speaking and chanting of the entire liturgy since more than 65 percent of service is done in Greek.
Despite all those issues, the liturgy experience was quite positive.
I felt been an outsider while participating in Divine Liturgy with other parishioners, since I am the only Asian, and almost everyone else is Greek. The only parishioner I exchanged a few words with is the Greek lady who ushered the service. I didn’t stay for the Coffee hour since I can’t speak Greek and was very intimidated with the ethnic atmosphere and for been as a visitor. How should I approach a Greek parishioner properly, man or lady, especially during Coffee hours (I really have no idea how to start a conversation)?
I also talked to the Father for a few minutes after the liturgy. He was very nice person; he told me that today Orthodox Christians commemorated Holy martyrs in China (I told him that I am Chinese). He also felt sorry for my difficulty to follow the liturgy. Father suggested that maybe I could find a parish under the jurisdiction of OCA of Antioch, since many of them do services entirely in English. Although I told the Father that I will take two semesters of Greek classes in college, he told the language might still be an obstacle for me since it’s done in liturgical Greek. Father suggested that Greek liturgy service is necessary since most of Greek Orthodox parishes on East Coast are made up of ethnic Greek parishioners and language is kind important to them.
The other thing, I am not sure about is how am I supposed to communicate with the Father. He seems a busy man and prefers me to contact him through email and office phone. I really hope to talk him more to explain my situation, but unfortunately I only had less than ten minutes to do so. I would like to know the best way to talk and contact the priest.
Although I like Greek language, culture and History and everything else, I am not sure whether GOA will be a spiritual home for me. Should I reevaluate faith apart from ethnicity and culture? How should I move on? I felt sad because I might even study in Greece one year as an exchange student if I have a chance. I don’t really want to be “pushed” to other parishes, but now, maybe I should be opened to other jurisdictions now as well.
Lord, have mercy.