God bless !
Please Starlight forgive me - but how can anyone "love pews" - you know were pews coming from ?
I think we do not need to post quotes from the Fathers and Elders how we should behave during prayer- we are a twofold nature and when praying with the mind you must also pary with the body.....you can not say let us worship and fall down -when sitting on a chair !
For me sitting during prayer and even during the Mystery of Mysteries - when Cherubim and Seraphim are prostrating and trembling it is even "blasphemious"- forgive me.
Christodoulos I see your point. But I see the point of Starlight too. Personally, I opt for sitting at times, you see, there are times my weak head feels dizzy - and this does indeed disrupt my concentration. I will not claim I know what practice is supported or validated by whom, I only know that when it comes down to praying, one who tries to pray all one can, one is bound to be praying in all possible conditions - outside liturgy, that is - driving and praying, eating and praying, cleaning and praying, lying down and praying...etc. My parish priest once told me he advises people to pray whenever and wherever they can, as much as they can. Everyone has their own limitations nevertheless, physical, spiritual or otherwise. So, I think the Epistle to Romans, Chapter 14 is to look up when it comes to matters such as these (I know it talks about fast, but fast is not only about food, it can therefore apply to all things done for our Lord).
"Accept him whose faith is weak, without passing judgment on disputable matters. One man's faith allows him to eat everything, but another man, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables. The man who eats everything must not look down on him who does not, and the man who does not eat everything must not condemn the man who does, for God has accepted him. Who are you to judge someone else's servant? To his own master he stands or falls. And he will stand, for the Lord is able to make him stand.
One man considers one day more sacred than another; another man considers every day alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. He who regards one day as special, does so to the Lord. He who eats meat, eats to the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who abstains, does so to the Lord and gives thanks to God. For none of us lives to himself alone and none of us dies to himself alone. If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord....."