On Sunday, November 25, 2018, Patriarch Bartholomew concelebrated the Divine Liturgy with Patriarch Daniel, members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, and many more concelebrants, for the inauguration of the new National Cathedral in Bucharest.
State and local officials were present, as well as a large crowd of faithful, 2,000 inside the cathedral, and 50,000 outside.
In his homily, the Ecumenical Patriarchate stressed the beauty of the new edifice, despite the numerous obstacles to its construction over a century.
‘It is true that during certain stages of the untiring efforts made to build the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral, there was the impression that its building was impossible,’ he said.
‘But, you brothers, have had a steadfast and unshaken faith in God’s omnipotence and together-work.’
‘You had a fervent love for Him and His Church!’
‘You had a strong hope that the most powerful right hand of the Most High would certainly come to the aid of the sacred endeavors you have not renounced’.
Then the Patriarch called them ‘to work together for the edification, the completion, and the sanctification of the living, spiritual Church.’
‘Let us build with strong faith, repentance, spiritual struggle, virtues, good deeds, that are well-pleasing to God’.
You can watch the ceremony here:
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