In Eastern Orthodoxy there is an apparent lack of confidence in God's mercy. If you go to an Orthodox service the major thing you hear the people say many times over and over again is Lord have mercy. And you hear it so much in Orthodoxy you start to wonder, why do they need to repeat it so much, do they not have confidence that God is merciful? You remember Jesus said, when you pray, don't be like the pagans who think they will be heard if they just say the same thing over and over again — by their many words they will be heard. Your Father knows what you need, He knows before you tell Him. Why is it that in Orthodoxy there is so much repetition of the phrase, Lord have mercy. Is it because the people are not confident that God will be merciful?
Sometimes, I just shake my head at the fail.