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February 9, 2023

6,000 pilgrims attend St. Parascheva Holy Mass in Iasi

Approximately 6,000 people attended yesterday the St. Parascheva Holy Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi. Metropolitan of Moldova, Archbishop Theophan, urged the pilgrims to go home enriched and be fighters, while saying that he felt embarrassed that some the pilgrims had no accommodation. The Holy Mass of Saint Parascheva was celebrated by dozens of priests, headed by Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina, Archbishop Theophan, and lasted about three hours and a half. After the religious ceremony, the pilgrims got wine, juice, apple, coils being prepared also about 65,000 stuffed rolls. Preparations for the pilgrims to eat were made at Cantina Social Welfare in Iasi;in the area where food pots were brought  fences had been mounted, while local police allowed access to groups of 50 people to avoid any incidents. Meanwhile, at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Iasi the pilgrimage was going on to the shrine with the relics of St. Parascheva and Martyr Prince Constantin Brancoveanu brought to Iasi Sunday evening  from Church “Saint George the New” in Bucharest. By Tuesday morning, worshiped the relics around 200,000 pilgrims, thousands of people still waiting in line. The relics of St. Parascheva Pious will remain exposed on the esplanade of the Metropolitan Cathedral court most likely by Tuesday night, after which they will be returned within the church. Holy Mother Parascheva is considered the protector of Moldavia, and on 14 October, when the patron is, Iasi turns into the largest pilgrimage center in Romania.

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