So I came across these videos from an Antiochian parish in Florida and I have some questions about a few of them:http://youtu.be/QBmv_tYao6c?t=6m16s
1) Is it little-t tradition for priests to face the parish and raise their hands during the Our Father?
I RESPOND: No. I did not watch the video, but wherever you were the Priest was not following approved Antiochian practices, which are basically the same a Greek practices. The Priest faces East from his place standing in front of the Holy Table during the Lord's Prayer and only faces the people when he gives them a blessing, reads the Gospel, or gives the sermon. He also goes behind the altar to the High Place and stands facing the people during the Trisagion.
2) I've never seen a priest wearing a chotki before while serving, is this common?
Sure, why not. I always wear a wrist chotki except when I take it off to take a shower or during intimate relations with my wife. I even sleep with it on. It is usually covered by my cuffs. http://youtu.be/Ex_WH-iiW9o?t=3m4s
3) I've seen female servers that held the communion cloth (whatever it's called), but I've never seen any girls dressed up like altar boys before. They also seem to come out from behind the iconostasis at a couple points. Is this just this parish or is there more of this in Florida?
That is definitely an abuse. Girls do not serve as altar boys or enter the altar. They certainly do not vest. Sometimes, at a week day liturgy, I have a girl or women hold the basket with the antidorion when there are no altar boys present. If there are no men present to hold the communion cloth, I ask the communicate to hold it below their chin and to hand it to the next communicate so that in case a crumb of the sacred Body has somehow dropped on the cloth it will not fall on the floor.
I saw a Divine Liturgy on youtube from Beirut that was part of the funeral services after the falling asleep of Patriarch Ignatius IV. Altar servers carried the cross and fans out of the altar and handed them to girls who carried them during the Great Entrance. They did not take them back into the Altar, but gave them to altar servers who took them back into the Altar. I have never seen that done in this country.
4) What are the little headcoverings the girls/women are wearing? The rest of the video shows others wearing small, different colored, headcoverings that almost seem almost the size and placement (of course not shape) of a yamaka.
I have never seen such a thing.
5) Is it a common practice, Antiochian or otherwise, to allow non-partaking folks to come up to kiss the chalice/receive bread in the same line as people partaking?
No. Only those who are coming to receive Communion get in the Communion line. If a person approaches the Chalice and I do not know them. I ask them if they are Orthodox and if they are not give them a blessing and tell them as diplomatically as possible that only Orthodox can take Communion, although we have a statement in every book holder on the back of the pews that state that only Orthodox can take Communion. A few times, a non-Orthodox has tried to argue with me telling me that I have no right to refuse them Communion. Kissing the Chalice after Communion is not Antiochian tradition. It is strongly discouraged because of the danger that the person will bump the Chalice and cause the sacred Body and Blood of Christ to be spilled. http://youtu.be/UtnFfj-QQgw?t=6m28s
6) I've never seen an Antiochian priest wear a hat like this. Is it an honorific or what?
Normally the only Antiochian priest who wears a kamalavakion is an Archimandrite. He wears it with a veil. A married Priest does not usually wear any kind of head covering during the Divine Liturgy or any other service.
Not trying to judge or anything; just curious about what seem to be pretty apparent differences in another Antiochian parish.
Fr. John W. Morris