This church seats no more that 80 people at a time, yet it is filled with a wonderful array of pieces of art. Earlier this week, I made a few photographs of the church interior and have included some images.
I arrived for mass at about 6:00 PM. There was a crowd including a group of approximately a dozen children and Father Filip at the front of the nave. Father Filip was actively engaged with the children and their leader, a young woman.
A few minutes later, Father Filip departed to don his vestments and the children began to sing. It was a ragtag chorus of youth ranging in age from four to 11 years in age. Their leader was encouraging as they struck up Jingle Bells in Montenegrin with recorded music in the background. The choreography was less than perfect and the singing was, at times, off key. Their faces, however, shone nearly as brightly as their spirits. It was a sacred moment.
The celebration of mass was also a special event. After the singling had concluded, children and their families departed. It appeared they were to meet again at the Cathedral of St. Tryphon to perform at midnight mass. We were left with a smaller cadre of fellow worshipers in a space that was not too much larger than the cave in which our Savior was born. We celebrated the sacrament together in this peaceful place.
After mass, Father Filip reemerged with a basket of cookies he had baked earlier in the day. Many of the worshipers departed with the plan to visit the cathedral of St. Tryphon for midnight mass.