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January 27, 2023

Over 90,000 pilgrims at the relics of St. Parascheva in Iasi

More than 90,000 faithful worshiped at the shrine with the relics of Saint Parascheva at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi, and 157 people waiting in line required medical treatment while firefighters intervened in two wildfires in the stands at the fair organized downtown on the occasion of the ceremony. Several streets in the Iasi Cathedral area were closed, as the row of awaiting Christians was over one kilometre long.
According to Marius Taranu, spokesman of the Bacau Gendarmerie Mobile Squad, responsible of public order in the central area of Iasi, over 150 persons needed medical care since Friday morning, when the relics were exhibited outside the Metropolitan Cathedral.
“Two persons were arrested for selling fake CDs. There were no complaints of theft”, Marius Taranu added. A helicopter sent by the Ministry of Internal Affairs supervised the area from above, starting on Saturday morning.
Unfortunately, the long hours of waiting in a row had dramatic effects upon some of the attendants. A 55-year-old woman,  Florica N., who had come to Iasi from Ploiesti to pay respect at the relics of St. Parascheva, died. She felt sick on Saturday morning, while waiting in the row, fainted and had a cardio-respiratory arrest. A medical team of the Emergency Service came immediately to the scene, attempted to resuscitate the woman, and then carried her to the Parhon Hospital. There, the resuscitation attempts continued, yet the woman passed away.
The relics of St. Parascheva were brought out on Friday morning from the Metropolitan Cathedral, in the presence of thousands of people, and then, they were placed in a specially arranged baldachin in the Cathedral’s yard.
On Friday evening, the shrine containing the relics of St. Parascheva was carried on a pilgrimage entitled The Saints’ Way, on the streets of central Iasi. The event was attended by over 2,000 persons.
The peak of the religious celebrations of Iasi will be on Tuesday, when priests will perform the Holy Mass in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral. PM Victor Ponta announced that he would attend the event.
Over one thousand police officers and gendarmes are responsible of public order in Iasi during these events. Annually, hundreds of thousands of believers from all over Romania are awaited to attend the celebrations of St. Parascheva.

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