Hello everyone. I have only been a convert in the Orthodox Church now for 4 years, and am learning new and blessed things every day. I have a question about the Prayer of St Ephraim which is said during Lent.
I was visiting a convent on the weekend, and on Monday morning's service the nuns fully prostrated themselves about three times, then did numerous half prostrations. I assumed they were praying the prayer of St Ephraim. Please excuse me for this basic question, but 1) are they doing the full prostrations when praying this prayer, 2) and how many prostrations do they do, 3) and how many half prostrations do they do, and 4) what are they praying when doing half prostrations?
I felt like a bit of a nut just standing there not quite knowing what to do, or what I was doing (as the prayers are in slavonic, and I don't understand much).
Thanks everyone. I appreciate your answers and help.