Missionary services in Denmark

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These days, His Grace Bishop Macarie of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe visits several Romanian communities in Denmark. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the bishop served the Holy Liturgy in the Romanian parish of Vejle-Kolding and installed in as archpriest of the Jutlanda-Center Deanery father Marius-Marcel Coisin. After the service, a child of a Romanian family received the Sacrament of the Holy Baptism. Also, on Saturday, His Grace Macarie served the Mystery of the Holy Unction in the Romanian parish in Esbjerg and consecrated the Icon of the Virgin Mary – The Healer.

On Sunday, October 21, 2018, His Grace celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the church of the Romanian parish in Aarhus, installing as archpriest of Jutland-North Deanery father Mihai Radu Crăciunescu.

After the divine service, a conference took place entitled “Romanian Law, Christian Faith and Gentile Unity” presented by the Father Professor Gheorghe Holbea from the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Bucharest. His Grace began his speach with a quote from the work of Metropolitan Antonie Plămădeală: “You can leave a house, you can leave a country, but you can not leave yourself. You carry along everywhere with you your home and country, just as you wear your soul and body. You carry along nostalgia, from which you are weaving without rest bridges that bind you to the village, the meadow and the woods of your home, to your neighbors and to your relatives, to yourself, the one left at home, to your ancestors … ”

Referring to the Romanian and Christian identity father Holbea said: “We do not know another case in history where the formation of a people was so tied to the Church and we say this without any triumphalism but with the responsibility of the heirs regarding the rich tradition received from the parents. From the beginning, the Christian people of these places gave martyrs, hermits and holy hierarchs. St. Martyr Sava of Buzau, Holy Martyrs Epictet and Astion, Saints Hierarchs John Cassian and Germanus, Holy Hierarchs of Tomis who participated in the First Ecumenical Council are just the most famous landmarks of a professing and bright Christian presence.

This working presence coagulating together a nation devoid of military and political power is the only explanation for its unharmed continuity over a thousand years, through all the trials of history, remaining just as Christian as it is Romanian. Indeed, not in the political organization, not in the force of the armies, nor in the richness of trade or crafts, finds the Romanian people the sap in order not to be swallowed up by historical vicissitudes. In the Church, on the porch of the monasteries, in the faith in the Dead and Risen Christ, we find the mystery by which an “invisible” people – if history is limited to the accumulation of army victories – goes on through such a long period of turmoil, keeping intact its language, faith, ancestral law.”

 

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