Princess Margareta and her husband, Prince Radu were on the Holy Easter night in Chisinau, the capital city of the Republic of Moldova. This was “the first time after 73 years when the Royal Family of Romania stepped in the Metropolitan Cathedral of Chisinau,” the Royal House informed in a release sent to Agerpres.
The source specified that on October 31 1942, King Mihai and his mother, Elena have participated in the religious service on the occasion of the Cathedral’s restoration, and that was their last visit in Chisinau.
According to the Royal House, during the Saturday evening Princess Margareta and Prince Radu attended in the Metropolitan Cathedral, the ‘Birth of Jesus’, at the ceremony of receiving the Holy Light, performed by Vladimir, the Metropolitan of Chisinau and All Moldova.
Withal, on the same night Princess Margareta and Prince Radu partook at the Holy Saints Peter and Paul Church, in the Resurrection service delivered by Peter, the Metropolitan of Bessarabia and Exarch of the Regions.
During their visit in Chisinau, the two royal guests met the President of the Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Andrian Candu, the mayor of Chisinau, Dorin Chirtoaca and the president of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova, Gheorghe Duca.
Holy Light from Jerusalem arrived in Romania for the celebration of Resurrection of the Lord
The Holy Light from Jerusalem has been brought on Saturday night with a special plane, by a delegation of the Romanian Patriarchy, headed by Bishop Vicar of the Bucharest Archbishopric, Timotei Prahoveanul.
The Light from the Holy Tomb’s church of Jerusalem touched down at the Henri Coanda International Airport near Bucharest and then was taken to Bacau, Iasi, Suceava, Sibiu, Cluj-Napoca, Baia Mare, Satu Mare and Timisoara, for the communities of Orthodox believers there.
President Iohannis in his Easter message: Closeness through compassion, solidarity, is key for social rebirth
On the occasion of the Easter Feast, President Klaus Iohannis sent Orthodox and Greek Catholic believers a message of peace and joy, stressing that closeness with one’s fellow humans through compassion and solidarity is the key to our rebirth as a society of dignified and responsible people.
“Orthodox and Greek Catholics celebrate Easter, a holiday of hope and confidence. Let’s share the joy of the Resurrection with our neighbors who may not have what to put on the table, are sick, alone, or have no roof over their heads. Let’s encourage the downcast and restore hope to everyone who is suffering for one reason or another. Closeness through compassion and solidarity is the key to our rebirth as a society of dignified and responsible people. I wish you all happy holidays, peace and joy. Christ is Risen!” Iohannis said in a video message posted on his Facebook page.
In Easter well-wishing message, Victor Ponta voices concern for those persecuted for their faith
Premier Victor Ponta wished all Romanians in the country and abroad, Easter celebrations full of joy, peace and light at the side of their loved ones.
“The Resurrection of Our Lord is a time of hope and joy. During this period, faith brings us together in our family and community. It is a time when we ought to gratefully evoke the important role of the Christians and Churches in building the common well-being, a cohesive European society rooted in tradition, and at the same time, always open to the challenges of the present,” the Prime Minister said in his Easter message cited in a release issued on Sunday by the Government’s Press Office.
The head of the Government also remarked that Romania’s receiving the Holy Light from Jerusalem has already become a tradition.
“Enjoying this gift yet again this year, our thoughts naturally go out to the Christians in the East, in Africa and all over the world, with concern for their fate, as they face persecution for their faith. Today, on the day of Our Lord’s Resurrection, I wish all Romanians in the country and outside country boundaries, an Easter celebration full of joy, peace and light, at the side of their loved ones! Christ is Risen!” showed the message of Prime Minister Victor Ponta who spent the Easter holiday in New York together with his wife Daciana, and their two children.