Bishop Macarie Drăgoi visiting the Romanians in Greenland: “Let’s look for our brethren with love, even if for that we would have to go to the end of the world!”

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His Grace Bishop Macarie Drăgoi of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe is in these holy days of the Holy Week in Greenland to look for the few Romanian brothers on this island at the end of the world. On this occasion, it could have been the first serving of the Holy Liturgy in Greenland, in the history of this island. Thus, the Romanian hierarch served in Nuuk, the capital of Greenland, the Liturgy of Saint Basil the Great united with the Vespers of the Holy Thursday.

Father Bishop Macarie has sent from Greenland a brief brotherly message of encouragement and solidarity: “Let’s look for our brethren with love, even if for that we would have to go to the end of the world! This is our calling and duty of shepherds, of brothers of the same nation! It is an urgent call, in these difficult times for our nation, when we are scattered in so many corners of the world … 100 years after the Great Union, unfortunately, we are scattered and physically separated from each other. So let us pursue our brothers, wherever they are, to be solidary, to strengthen our love, to remember that so many ancestors have sacrificed themselves so we could live in dignity and freedom. Let them honor their sacrifice, those who followed the example of the Savior, the One who said to His disciples: Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends (John 15:13).”

The Romanian hierarch will serve the Feast of the Resurection, in Skjervøy and Tromsø, in the midst of the Romanians living in Norway, beyond the Polar Circle.


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