Pilgrimage To Visoki Dečani

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<ul><li><p>Pilgrimage to Visoki DeaniNovember 2009</p></li><li><p>We left Cetinje at 6am</p></li><li><p>Previous picture was not taken at 6:00am.</p><p>(It was dark, but not as dark as this slide either.)</p></li><li><p>Our First Stop</p></li><li><p>This cathedral in Montengro deserves its own presentation...some other time. :-) </p></li><li><p>The cathedral served as our "park and ride" from which we then carpooled to...</p></li><li><p>Our Second Stop</p></li><li><p>Berane MonasteryA monastery where we stopped for breakfast.</p></li><li><p>Main Church of St. George</p></li><li><p>If you have never visited a monastery; you should.Warning: you may want to stay.</p></li><li><p>Two Panteleimons</p></li><li><p>From Berane, we drove to the border.</p><p>Cetinje is about a five hour drive from Deani.</p></li><li><p>At the border, the Italians (NATO) were pleasant. </p><p>They discouraged pictures though.</p></li><li><p>The Italians (NATO) provided a pre- arranged military escort to the monastery.</p></li><li><p>Deani Monastery</p></li><li><p>The monastery is situated in an area that can be hostile towards Christians and Orthodox in particular.</p><p>Thus, the military escort.</p></li><li><p>Inside the grounds</p></li><li><p>When I saw the church I thought, "How tall it is!"I didn't realize that "Visoki" in Serbian means "High" or "Tall"</p></li><li><p>Visoki Deani</p></li><li><p>Before the evening service, a novice was given the blessing to wear the mantia (aka cassock)p.s. "Novice" in Serbian, literally means "one being tested".</p></li><li><p>Anyone recognize the new novice?Hint: I met him in Australia.</p></li><li><p>Alexander and I or (grammatically speaking) Alexander and me</p></li><li><p>After Vigil and food (of course!) it was time for bed...I say of course as monks (especially Serbian ones) are known for their hospitality.</p></li><li><p>Bedtime?</p></li><li><p>No, I didn't sleep with the animals.Deani supports itself with animals, (cheeses, eggs) a garden, bees, and more.</p></li><li><p>The next day</p></li><li><p>... we all celebrated the Monastery Slava (feast day).</p></li><li><p>After the service, I got to practice my Serbian.The Church is more than 36 meters long, 24 meters wide and 29 meters high.</p></li><li><p>I spoke with people from all over the world.Some I already knew, but never expected to see.</p></li><li><p>Each picture is a storyMore info and photos at: http://www.kosovo.net/main.html</p></li><li><p>The End</p></li></ul>