I went last night to a nearby Orthodox church (OCA) for the reading of the Great Canon, etc. and I was really disappointed because the priest reminded me of the old Latin-rite priests who used to whisper/mumble the Mass so fast you couldn't make out a word of it. The service was in English, of course, but he mumbled through it so rapidly it was unintelligible, except for one point where he got going so fast he merged a couple of lines and we heard him asking God to "make me wicked." He didn't do his prostrations but did a sort of nod to the floor (he was a youngish man, so it's not a matter of physical inability) and was so sloppy in general that I was appalled.
I hope he has other gifts that he brings to his congregation. The words are so magnificent that it is really a crime to do this service so badly.
"The words are so magnificent that it is really a crime to do this service so badly."
What a shame. Ours was chanted and 90% in English and we did the full body prostrations. I am very surprised that an OCA priest would do what he did. The Slavs are usually quite "orthodox" about such things. I'm sorry you had to see that sad performance. Next time, like maybe Wednesday night for the Presanctified Liturgy or Friday for the Akathist to the Most Holy Theotokos, try the nearest Greek or Antiochian parish. What a shame! :(