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.
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.
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"
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.
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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