The Patriarch Of Romania Celebrated The Remembrance Service Of The Heroes Of The Nation
In the Romanian Orthodox Church, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord (13 May 2010) is the day when the heroes of the nation are remembered too. Following the decisions of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church taken in 1999 and 2001, the feast of the Ascension of the Lord was established as Day of the Heroes and as church national feast. At the same time, Bill 379/2003 concerning the regime of the war commemorative graves and monuments proclaimed the 40th day after the Easter, the feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, as the Day of the Heroes, and as national feast of the Romanian people. Today, 13 May, after the Divine Liturgy, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel celebrated a remembrance service for the heroes of the nation, assisted by a group of priests and deacons. To end with the remembrance service, His Beatitude showed the way in which this feast has become a remembrance day of the Romanian heroes and national feast as well: I celebrated, with the help of God, this remembrance service of the heroes of the Romanian nation. This tradition dates as far back as 1920, when the Holy Synod of the Romanian Church decided that the feast of the Ascension of the Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, in glory to heaven, should also be the remembrance day of the heroes of the Romanian nation. This tradition was interrupted during the communist regime, but resumed after the changes of 1989 and reaffirmed officially by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church through its decrees of 1999 and 2001, when they decided that the day of the Ascension of the Lord , this holy great feast occurring every Thursday, 40 days after the feast of the Resurrection of the Lord, should be the day to remember the Romanian heroes and a church national feast, too. Following this way of the Holy Synod, the Romanian Parliament also decreed by Bill 379 of 2003 that the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord should also be the remembrance day of the Romanian heroes of all times and places and a national feast, too. His Beatitude has also shown that we spiritually grow through the remembrance of those who sacrificed themselves for the ancient faith and welfare of the Romanian people: While remembering these heroes we also elevate ourselves in dignity through gratitude. If remembrance means gratitude, then those who practice gratitude, appreciating those who sacrificed themselves for the common welfare of the Romanian people and of Romania too, are also spiritually raised, unless they backslide from a spiritual point of view. This act of rite, of remembering those who sacrificed themselves for faith and people, is also an act of our spiritual culture. We cultivate the virtue of gratitude and the virtue of communion in prayer, because the love generated through the remembrance prayer of the dead is stronger than death, because people really die when they are forgotten, but when we remember and love them, they remain in our souls. So, we spiritually grow through the remembrance of those who sacrificed themselves for the welfare of the Romanian people .
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Added: May 21, 2010
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