Patriarch Bartholomew and Patriarch Daniel of Romania celebrated the first Divine Liturgy in Bucharest new Cathedral


On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Patriarch Bartholomew concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Daniel, members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and many more concelebrants, for the inauguration of the new National Cathedral in Bucharest.
State and local officials were present, as well as a large crowd of faithful, 2,000 inside the cathedral, and 50,000 outside.

In his homily, the Ecumenical Patriarchate stressed the beauty of the new edifice, despite the numerous obstacles to its construction over a century.
‘It is true that during certain stages of the untiring efforts made to build the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, there was the impression that its building was impossible,’ he  said.
‘But, you brothers, have had a steadfast and unshaken faith in God’s omnipotence and together-work.’
‘You had a fervent love for Him and His Church!’
‘You had a strong hope that the most powerful right hand of the Most High would certainly come to the aid of the sacred endeavors you have not renounced’.

Then the Patriarch called them ‘to work together for the edification, the completion, and the sanctification of the living, spiritual Church.’
‘Let us build with strong faith, repentance, spiritual struggle, virtues, good deeds, that are well-pleasing to God’.

You can watch the ceremony here:

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Emma Cazabonne was born and raised in France. She taught English before entering the Cistercian Order. She translated and published articles relevant to her interest in Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She moved to the United States in 2001, converted to Orthodoxy in 2008, and married. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. She continued to publish articles, a Cistercian texts anthology, then finally launched her career in literary translation, while teaching French. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here