We had an early start on Friday – out the door at 6 AM to make it to the other side of the city for the bus to
We drove about 2 hours to the border, where we had a few stops – one to check out of
We checked into our hotel and then headed out to explore the city.
When I first saw the people, I felt like I was among my people. The experience in
I was also excited about the fact that the first church service would be in Old Church Slavonic, which was what I grew up with in the Eastern Rite Catholic Church in
That evening we wandered into the Church of the Seven Enlighteners (Sts Cyril and Methodius, along with their 5 immediate disciples). We caught the end of Vespers, where (retired) Archbishop Hilarion was chanting with a few women. Roger Michael immediately remembered some of the Old Church Slavonic in the service.
The top photo is from the bus trip. The middle photo is of The Church of the Seven Enlighteners, and the bottom photo is of the mosaic of the 7 Enlighteners above the entrance.
We have close to 200 photos (from 2 different cameras) posted here.