Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed on Friday the crowd of faithful who had gathered on the Bucharest Patriarchy Hill to celebrate the Feast of Bucharest patron saint Dimitrie Basarabov the New, telling them that their devotion bears testimony to the flourishing of Romanian Orthodoxy today.
The head of the Russian Orthodox Church urged people to live by the Holy Spirit and steer clear of false political and religious teachers who promise an earthly Heaven, yet without Christ and without God.
I am glad to see today the believers gathered here in such high numbers. Your devotion bears testimony to the flourishing of today’s Romanian Orthodoxy. We gathered here at the invitation of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in congregation and pray together with bishops, clergy and spiritual sons and daughters of the Holy Church of Romania on this day that bears such a high significance for Bucharest, the commemoration day of Saint Pious Dimitrie Basarabov. On behalf of the Russian Church I brought the Romanian Church a gift, a part of the holy relics of Saint Pious Seraphim of Sarov the wonderworker, to stay in the memory of our undivided spiritual unity and the common spiritual heritage, Patriarch Kirill told the attendance at the Liturgy for the Feast of Saint Pious Dimitrie Basarabov the New, which was celebrated together with Patriarch Daniel of the Romanian Orthodox Church, high foreign clergy, delegates of the sister Churches.
Kirill, who heads the oldest Orthodox patriarchate of those represented Friday at the Divine Liturgy, delivered the joint service at the Summer Shrine next to the Patriarchal Cathedral, together with Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana, Durres and All Albania, and Archbishop Rastislav of Presov, Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, and other foreign and Romanian church leaders, priests and deacons participating in the service dedicated to the Bucharest patron saint.
Kirill beseeched God to help defend the land and the righteous believers of Romania.
After the conclusion of the official address, the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church made an emotional “May you live long!” wishing to those present on the Hillock of Joy, as the Patriarchy Hill is also called.
In his turn, Patriarch Daniel thanked his Russian peer for “the highly spiritual and, at the same time, heartwarming and brotherly sermon.”