In his homily for the feast of the Annunciation, Patriarch Daniel spoke about the family and the March for Life.

“The Mother of God is the protector of mothers”
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In his homily for the feast of the Annunciation, Patriarch Daniel of Romania emphasized that the Mother of God is the protector of all mothers. He warned that if abortions continue in Romania, “we will perish as a nation.
“If we, the Romanian nation, continue to practice abortions, numbering a few million so far since 1960, we will perish as a nation. We are experiencing a demographic decline,” said the patriarch on Monday 25, as he was presiding the Divine Liturgy in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Bucharest. The concelebrant was the vicar bishop Varlaam of Ploieşti, the chief secretary of the Romanian Holy Synod.

The Patriarch also mentioned the March for Life which “has become very popular”, and has been organized for a few years in early March.
“Last Saturday, we were very happy to see the March for Life. The people who participate in this demonstration for life and show their support for pregnant women, are mostly young people, but there are also elderly people.” “Above all, the March for Life has a spiritual aspect, because Canon Law calls abortion an infanticide. It also has a social aspect, as fewer and fewer children are born”, said the patriarch. He also emphasized the help offered by the Mother of God to all who give birth and raise children.
“The Mother of God is the protector of women who give birth and become mothers. She is the protector of parents, and the protector of families without children who adopt and raise children”.
The patriarch emphasized that every child is a potential saint. Children are “not only citizens of their earthly homeland, but also of their heavenly homeland”. He referred to the example of St. Gregory Palamas, celebrated on the second Sunday of Lent, who is considered as “the theologian of the uncreated and eternal light, and of the glory of the kingdom of heaven”. “Not many know that this saint was born into a believing family. For this reason, the Church did not count him alone among the saints, but also his father, his mother, and his two sisters”. “Thus, in a family of three children, the three children became saints, as did their parents who gave birth to them.” “What a great blessing to give birth to human beings who, through their pure life, become saints and intercede for us and for the whole Church in the kingdom of God, and to the glory of the Most Holy Trinity,” added the patriarch.

He then shared his reflections on the Gospel reading of the day (Luke:1,24-38), in which the Virgin Mary received the announcement by the Archangel Gabriel that she would become the Mother of the Son of God. Mary’s answer, “I am the servant of the Lord”, means that the Blessed Virgin understood “her vocation to be the Mother of the Son of God,” continued the Patriarch. At the moment when she said, “let it be done to me according to your word!”, “the conception of our Savior Jesus Christ began, for Mary freely gave her consent. Here, we can see how God respects humans: God does not want us to be mere impersonal instruments. Rather, He wants us to be His collaborators in His work of salvation for the world.”
In this context, the patriarch mentioned that “God is all-powerful, but He does not force anyone to love Him. He invites us all, He makes us propositions, but He never imposes things nor forces us to do things. He knocks on the door and waits, and if we hear the call and open the door, He enters, but He never breaks in, He does not put pressure on anyone’s will, He does not impose His plan of salvation, He only proposes it”, clarified the primate.
By her reaction to the archangel, the Virgin Mary showed “that she is humble, obedient, and courageous at the same time”. “The Mother of God is the icon of the Church who receives, listens, and preaches Christ, showing Him as the Savior of the world”. “In this great mystery, we observe God’s merciful love. We see how God works for our salvation and invites us all to respond to His call.”
From the archangel’s greeting to the Mother of God, the Church “learned to tell her” Rejoice “in a multitude of hymns, during the nine days of celebration dedicated to the Mother of God throughout the ecclesiastical year”.
The patriarch ended his homily by exhorting everyone to pray the Mother of God, especially addressing her the “Rejoice” greeting, through by reading of the Akathist hymn.

Source in Romanian

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