His Grace Bishop Macarie Drăgoi of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe was among these days in the midst of the Romanian faithful in Sweden. On Saturday, August 25, 2018, the hierarch served the Divine Liturgy and Baptism in the Chapel of the Diocesan Center in Stockholm for the fourth child of a faithful family in the community, and on Sunday August 26, 2018, he served the Divine Liturgy, surrounded by a a group of priests and deacons at the altar of the Romanian church in the Swedish city of Jönköping, baptizing another child of a young family of believers.
Interpreting the Sunday Evangelical Pericope, about the example of evil workers (Matthew 21, 33-44), Father Bishop Macarie has shown that through this parable the Savior calls us to tremble, showing us that “this world in which we live, imagined by the vine, we are given to master it, but to work it for salvation. As workers, we have debts, not rights. We have the duty to work as the world in which we live to be a world in order, a world governed by evangelical commandments. We have no right to make of this world what we want with it, according to our own rules and laws, changing, damaging, even against nature. We have the duty to oppose and to confess when there are bad workers who want to tyrannize the world. Evangelical commandments are life, while the wrongdoings of evil workers are death. All of us, woman or man, old or young, take the soft and easy yoke of the Savior and redeem the time, for the days are evil! ”
During the pastoral visits in the communities in Sweden, His Grace Macarie offered gifts to the little ones, offering guidance for parents for the raising and education of their children.