Oddly no Salutations/Akathist services during Lent - is this just a Byzantine thing?
The Slavs tend not to do them, unlike the Greeks, where it's a very strong tradition. However, the Greeks usually don't have Great Compline and the Great Canon of St Andrew of Crete on the first four days of Great Lent, like the Slavs do. Swings and roundabouts.
Bulgars and Macedonians to have Akathist on Lent's Fridays and it's absolutely normal and they have also the Great Canon on the first four days - I find it very good tradition, I'm just wondering why we Serbs don't serve the Akathist on Fridays during the Great Lent, as we share many liturgical practices with Bulgars and Macedonians.
I know some parishes, both in Serbian and Poland, that have daily services, even daily Liturgies (of course beyond the Lent). Usually they serve Liturgy in the morning and in the evening vespers/an akathist/matins (
) - the evening depends on the parish and the day.
Of course, daily Liturgies to have at least a few faithful and to be served properly (not too fastly) practically can be served only in monasteries and cathedral (or big parishes). Sometimes I miss daily Liturgies, when it's a day of commemoration of a saint that I very venerate but he/she is not so much venerated locally to be considered as a feast. Well, I'm quite lucky in such way that although my parish don't have daily services (but quite often, during Lent almost everyday), I live in the capital so we have the cathedral in which there are daily Liturgies and I can just go there if I wish.
The problem is the time of the Liturgy, as it's at 9 a.m. But that's also problem for great feasts. Only two parishes in Warsaw (the one with new calendar and Polish language and the second one with the old calendar and Church Slavonic) have festal Liturgies earlier than 9 a.m.
I have no idea why most Orthodox parishes over the world have festal Liturgies during the weekday (on weekends I find it OK) almost in the middle of the day. It's quite disturbing, despite the fact that for a few years I've been making successful combinations to attend all the services I want.