My husband is good friends with the Orthodox priest, Father Dan Kovalak. That is how I made my first entrance into an Orthodox Church of any kind. A lot of things about it were different to me, but what really stood out in my mind is how we stood throughout the whole service. It is the custom in the Orthodox Church to stand for services. They explain why on many of their web sites and site Scriptures that support the idea that the early church descended from synagogue worship where they had no seating. Indeed, the web site of Father Dan’s church states:
Though we usually stand in worship, we do have pews.
An inside picture of the sanctuary shows the seating provided., but it is there for the very young and infirmed. As I was riding bikes with my friend, Ann, today she talked about studying worship in the Old Testament and how the people never sat. She said they stood, bowed, knelt or laid prostrate in an act of reverence and submission. There were no seats. One Orthodox web site put it this way:
Orthodox Christians could not conceive of simply sitting in the presence of the Lord especially while in worship. It is a sign of respect when a judge or even the President of the United States enters a room that those assembled rise up. No less do Orthodox Christians stand (or kneel in humility if it is not a Sunday) before the King of Glory Who comes invisibly upborn by unseen armies of angels.
Today I salute my Orthodox brothers and sisters who stand in His presence for worship. You are a shining light in this light-needy world. I must think about this more.