His Grace Bishop Macarie Drăgoi of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe was on these days on a pastoral visit to the Romanians in the southwestern part of Sweden. On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the hierarch celebrated the Liturgy and the memorial service for those who are asleep in the Lord in the Romanian Orthodox parish in the city of Borås, and on Sunday, March 17, 2019, Father Bishop Macarie performed the Great Vespers and the Divine Liturgy of St. Basil in the Romanian church in Gothenburg.
The hierarch spoke and guided many believers spiritually. The children attending the ministry received gifts from the bishop and the adults spiritual books and icons.
In the word of the ministry, His Grace Macarie conveyed that Orthodoxy can be lived everywhere, this being the natural life in Christ. “Orthodoxy is not a set of rules applicable only in a certain space and subject to conventions. It is lived with hope in the eschatological future. We must be confident that Orthodoxy gives us all the keys of the Kingdom. In Orthodoxy we have hope in our future”, said the hierarch of Romanians in Scandinavia.
At the end of the Holy Liturgy, the bishop and the righteous people honored the Icon of the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Chalice”, kept in the parish church in Gothenburg.