Pilgrimage To Visoki Dečani

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  • Pilgrimage to Visoki DeaniNovember 2009

  • We left Cetinje at 6am

  • Previous picture was not taken at 6:00am.

    (It was dark, but not as dark as this slide either.)

  • Our First Stop

  • This cathedral in Montengro deserves its own presentation...some other time. :-)

  • The cathedral served as our "park and ride" from which we then carpooled to...

  • Our Second Stop

  • Berane MonasteryA monastery where we stopped for breakfast.

  • Main Church of St. George

  • If you have never visited a monastery; you should.Warning: you may want to stay.

  • Two Panteleimons

  • From Berane, we drove to the border.

    Cetinje is about a five hour drive from Deani.

  • At the border, the Italians (NATO) were pleasant.

    They discouraged pictures though.

  • The Italians (NATO) provided a pre- arranged military escort to the monastery.

  • Deani Monastery

  • The monastery is situated in an area that can be hostile towards Christians and Orthodox in particular.

    Thus, the military escort.

  • Inside the grounds

  • When I saw the church I thought, "How tall it is!"I didn't realize that "Visoki" in Serbian means "High" or "Tall"

  • Visoki Deani

  • 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".

  • Anyone recognize the new novice?Hint: I met him in Australia.

  • Alexander and I or (grammatically speaking) Alexander and me

  • 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.

  • Bedtime?

  • No, I didn't sleep with the animals.Deani supports itself with animals, (cheeses, eggs) a garden, bees, and more.

  • The next day

  • ... we all celebrated the Monastery Slava (feast day).

  • After the service, I got to practice my Serbian.The Church is more than 36 meters long, 24 meters wide and 29 meters high.

  • I spoke with people from all over the world.Some I already knew, but never expected to see.

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