This church was definitely not handicapped accessible. To reach the entrance you climbed a steep hill through the church graveyard.
Brandi explained that although the service goes from 8 to noon, many people dip in and out. We entered and climbed to the balcony where the choir sits. It gave us a good view and an easy exit. We stayed for about an hour and slipped out at the beginning of the sermon.
The room was alive with color. Icons covered every wall. The music was rich and resonant as the responses were sung with full participation. They even gave us a song sheet which allowed us to follow some responses. The experience was warm and full of a sense of community. We were very glad to have gone.
Today I made a new Romanian friend. Her name is Magda, and she is a math teacher in a town south of Bucharest. We connected because we've been speaking French. Today is her name day, and because it is Mary Magdalene Day it is a holiday. Brandi encouraged me to visit the chapel here in Straja because they have a traditional icon calendar.
After lunch we set out for a hike and started with The Tunnel. We turned right off the road and entered a painted tunnel with a different icon for each day of the year.
We exited the tunnel to find ourselves beside the chapel we could see from our building.