Today, instead of going to Myeong Dong for Mass today, I went with a friend of mine, Jason, and his girlfriend, Mihee to the Orthodox Church for Mass. About a month or so ago, I went with them to a Latin Mass celebrated by a priest from the Society of Saint Pius X here in Korea.
I was a bit lost during the Latin Mass because I know the majority of the correct procedures for the Latin Mass, but I could only understand the cognates between Latin and French and what I’ve simply memorized.
I’m not going to lie or even try to save face…I was lost. I do read Korean, but I read s-l-o-w-l-y. And knowing when to bow, kneel, make the Sign of the Cross (backwards to boot), etc. I was interested to see the surprising large number of Korean Orthodox and I did somewhat foolishly think that there was going to be more English because like the Latin Rite (the Catholic Church), the Orthodox Church celebrates Mass in the local language. But unlike the Catholic Church, each country has its own style and way of doing things. And I was just told by my friend that the celebrating priest can change the order of the Orthodox Mass, as long as they get everything in, which is completely different than a Catholic Mass.