In a message dated 10/25/2000 10:10:15 AM Eastern Standard Time,
> The other side of the coin is this: I recall when I was still in
> high school, I visited one Greek church on Sunday morning, and found
> almost no one there, but Orthros [Matins] ostensibly in progress. The
> chanting went on and on, though I could not see the priest or cantor.
> Finally the Matins Gospel began to be heard--and there was still no priest
> in sight. Finally I realized that what I was hearing was simply an audio
> tape of Orthros...
I used to know a priest who always played a tape of Orthros before
Liturgy. In all fairness, he was usually the only one in the church
that early. But it was always kind of startling when it clicked off.