Patriarch Daniel: “Look after historic monument church buildings is an act of communion with the ancestors”

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The Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, Prefericitul Daniel, officiated yesterday, along with His Holiness Father Varlaam Ploieșteanul, Patriarchal Vicar-Bishop, the re-consecration service of the Church of St. Friday in Ploiești, after the restoration that lasted 23 years.
A couple of thousand believers took half, yesterday, within the celebration of the church situated on Neagoe Basarab avenue in Ploiești, a lot of them watching the spiritual occasion on two screens situated on the entrance to the courtyard of the place of worship. “Caring for historic monument church buildings is a duty, but in addition an act of communion with the ancestors”, stated Blessed Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, after the rededication service of the Church of St. Friday in Ploiești.
One of many riches of the “Good Friday” Church is the reliquary with part of the relics of Saint Pious Parascheva from Iaşi and the saint’s garment, in addition to part of the relics of the Holy Martyr Parascheva from Rome.

The consecration service was carried out by His Beatitude Father Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church and His Holiness Father Varlaam Ploieșteanul, Patriarchal Vicar-Bishop.
“The consecration of an Orthodox church is a superb and holy occasion. Via this sanctification a gate of Heaven is opened or reopened, by which we obtain heavenly blessings and imperishable items, the forgiveness of sins, the arvuna of everlasting happiness, by obeying and fulfilling the phrase of God and everlasting life, as proven within the three Gospels that they are going to be learn after we sanctify the church exterior. After which, inside, the holy mass will likely be consecrated, which represents the tomb of the Lord, but in addition his throne of glory. (…) The primary church buildings have been constructed on the graves of the martyrs. Martyrs are the closest to the thriller of the cross, to the sacrificial love of Christ.

On the finish of the service, with the identical holy water, the believers current on the service are sanctified, in order that they’ll take residence with them the blessing of the church’s sanctification. And within the Romanian custom, all Orthodox believers, women and men, can worship within the Holy Altar, till midnight, kissing the Holy Gospel, the Holy Cross and the desk of the Holy Altar, asking that God bless, sanctify and adorn the lives of those that worship within the Holy Altar, as this church was beautified and sanctified. As a result of, in actual fact, the residing content material of a church, place of worship, are the trustworthy. When it is filled with believers it has full magnificence. As a result of it’s the church of those that love Christ and reside in His blessing”.

From the Blessed Father Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, church orders, ranks and diplomas have been conferred each to the clergymen who serve within the place of worship, but in addition to the believers who’ve contributed, all through the 23 years, to supporting the restoration works .
Mihai Petre and Eugen Florea, priest co-servant, and father Ionuț Cătălin Groparu, from the identical parish, acquired the rank of stavrophorian iconon, the parish priest of the Church of St. Friday in Ploiesti, Mihai Petre and Eugen Florea, the rank of iconon.
Holy items got to the parish priest Mihai Petre by Patriarch Daniel, reminiscent of a cross of blessing, holy books and a kilogram of incense, and to the trustworthy an icon with the picture of Saint Pious Parascheva, which was to be acquired by every particular person, on the entrance to the Holy Altar.

The works on the St. Friday Church in Ploiești lasted neither extra nor lower than 23 years. The parish priest Mihai Petre stated, with emotion in his voice: “The presence of Your Grace constitutes the crown of sunshine and crowning of our effort for 23 years”. The primary stage of the works was the consolidation and restoration challenge, ready by the architect Călin Hoinărescu, within the interval 1999-2011, and the second – the restoration of the mural portray by Gheorghe Tattarescu, 2018-2021, with European funds and co-financing from the Prahova County Council, initiatives that required nice efforts and sacrifices.
“Caring for historic monument church buildings is a duty, but in addition an act of communion with the ancestors”, stated Blessed Daniel, the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, after the rededication service of the Church of St. Friday in Ploiești.

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