Thousands of Romanians prayed together in Medias and Bazna at the relics of St. John the Baptist, St. Matthew, St. Stephen and St. Martyr Barbara (Varvara)

10.09.2011 - 10:00:00

9th September 2011, Mediaş -  Thousands of Romanians worshiped the relics of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner of Jesus Christ, St. Apostle and Evangelist Matthew, St. Apostle and Protomartyr Stephen and of St. Martyr Barbara (Varvara) in Medias on the 6th and 7th of September 2011 and in Bazna on the celebration of Virgin Mary’s birthday – 8th of September 2011. The Holy Relics were brought for the first time in Romania from the “Prodromu” Romanian Hermitage on Mount Athos.

The official reception service was officiated in Medias, by His Grace Andrei Fagarasanu, Archbishop Vicar of the Sibiu Archiepiscopate, in the “St. Michael and Gabriel Archangels” Orthodox Cathedral, where the worshipers have prayed day and night.

On the celebration of Virgin Mary’s birthday, at the Bazna hermitage, the Hierarchical Liturgy was officiated by His Eminence Laurentiu Streza Metropolitan of Transylvania, together with 21 priests from Romania and Mount Athos.

The initiative of bringing the Holy Relics belongs to the “Mount Athos – Prodromu Hermitage” Association. The pilgrimage of the Holy Relics in Transylvania was possible with the blessing of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, with the care of His Eminence Laurentiu Streza Metropolitan of Transylvania, His Eminence Andrei Metropolitan of Cluj, Alba, Crisana and Maramures and with the help of the Medias Orthodox diocese. During the Romanian pilgrimage the Holy Relics from the Mount Athos are accompanied by the hieromonks Serapion and Daniil and by hierodeacon Iustinian, from the Prodromu Romanian Hermitage.

It is an infinite joy for me to see so many Romanians united by faith, rejoicing by the pilgrimage of the Holy Relics from Mount Athos!”, said Mircea Vescan, President of „Mount Athos – Prodromu Hermitage” Association.

The Holy Relics are testimonies of God’s work, who thus comes close to us the believers. Our entire being can touch the body baring holy gift of one of God’s beloved. It means so much more to worship the Holy Relics, rather than taking the Holy Pilgrimage through the places where Jesus walked” said in Bazna, His Eminence Laurenţiu Streza, Metropolitan of Transylvania.

God send Mr Vescan the kind thought of bringing the Holy Relics in Romania and the Saints have mediated with God so that this effort can be successfully accomplished!” said Father Hierodeacon Iustinian from the Prodromu Romanian Hermitage.

The Holy Relics will continue the pilgrimage in Transylvania arriving in Sibiu on the 8th and staying until the 12th. Between the 12th and the 15th of September 2011 they will be in Cluj Napoca and between the 15th and the 19th of September 2011 in Brasov. On the evening of 19th September 2011 the Mount Athos delegation will leave Romania, returning with the Holy Relics in Greece.

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The „Mounte Athos – Prodromu Hermitage”  Established in March 2010 by Mircea Vescan and is under the patronage of His Eminence Laurentiu Streza Metropolitan of Transylvania, the Association wants to bring to the attention of the Romanians the values of Orthodox faith, which have stood at the base of the steadiness of the Romanian people and which keep alive the soul of this people.

 Saint John the Baptist and Forerunner of Jesus Christ is the one who baptized our Lord Jesus Christ in the Jordan River. The Orthodox Church dedicates six celebration days to Saint John: The Conception (23rd of September), The Birth (24th of June), The Synod (7th of January), The Decapitation (29th of August), The First and Second Discovery of His Head (24th of February) and The third Discovery of His Head (25th of May). The miracles accomplished by the relics of St. John the Baptist and Forerunner of Jesus Christ are well known among the believers, helping those troubled in body and soul.

Saint Apostle and Evangelist Matthew was Jew by descent and was one of our Lord’s 12 Apostles. He was the first one to write, as close witness, a history of Jesus Christ’s life and deeds. The Orthodox Church celebrates St. Matthew on the 16th of November.

Saint Apostle and Protomartyr Stephen was one of the first Christian converted Greek Jews, one of the first deacons ordained by the Apostles and the first martyr of the Orthodox Church. The Orthodox Church mentions St. Stephen’s martyrdom on the 27th of December and the moving of his relics on the 2nd of August, but also al the 15th of June together with St. Fortunat and St. Ahaic. Many sick people have been healed by the relics of St. Stephen.  

Saint Martyr Barbara (Varvara) lived during emperor  Maximian’s reign  (284-305)in  Heliopolis. She was the daughter of a pagan named Dioscur. The maiden believed in Jesus Christ and did not wish to hide her faith from her father, who ended her days. It is said that her father, after killing her, was struck by lightning as he walked down the mountain and died. St. Barbara (Varvara) is known as the spiritual patron of miners, geologists, architects, artillery fighters, pirotehnists and prisoners. The Christian Churches, both Orthodox and Catholic, celebrate St. Barbara (Varvara) each year on the 4th of December.

 

The „Mounte Athos – Prodromu Hermitage” 

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