The believers who will attend the Easter Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral, will be offered Light brought from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, the Romanian Patriarchy announces.
“For the great joy of priests and believers on the holy Easter, in the evening of Saturday, April 18, a delegation of the Romanian Patriarchy, headed by Bishop Varsanufie Prahoveanul, will bring the holy light with a special aircraft from the Church of the Holy Sepulchre,” the quoted source mentioned. During the Resurrection service, Patriarch Daniel will offer the Holy Light to the priests and believers attending the liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral.
The event has a special significance as this year, the Metropolitan Bishopric of Walachia celebrates 650 years since it was officially acknowledged and since the passing away of Saint Grigorie Palama, theologian, whose relics will be brought to Bucharest during April 29 – May 1, to be paid homage, and will be carried to Galati during May 1 – 4, 2009, the Patriarchy also announces. The Holy Light is considered a miracle of Orthodoxy, and it appears annually, during the Easter, at Jerusalem, as a great fire comes down from the sky at the Grand Vespers of the Lazarus Saturday, during 12.30 – 14.30, above the Holy Sepulchre. The light is brought to believers by the Patriarch of Jerusalem. Diodorus, former Patriarch of Jerusalem during 1981 – 2000, confessed that the light usually appeared after he finished his prayers.