Some discussion that has cropped up in this thread on Orthodox films
has got me wondering: We all know that we share one common faith across our communion, but how well do we actually know other OO churches that aren't our own? Is it common to find a high level of knowledge among the laity of other OO churches' saints, hymnody, iconography, and other traditions? Speaking for myself, I feel like I'm relatively well-acquainted with Syriac chant and many saints, but less so with Ethiopian (popular "Mezmur" is another matter), and least of all with Armenian. But I am also rather isolated, being in a tiny Coptic community that's very far away from other OO communities or churches (the nearest OO church, which is also Coptic, is 6 hours by car), so I don't know how much my experience reflects the general experience across the communion. I have tried to introduce Ethiopian saints and some hymns to friends from church, but they were either confused or annoyed (I guess Ethiopian chant is not for everyone). I'm not really sure how to fix this (if it is actually something common across the communion), but I'm interested to hear other people's impressions and experiences, particularly if you're in a larger church.