2014 – Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in the Romanian Patriarchate

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Following the initiative of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel, during the working session of 29 October 2012, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church approved that the year 2014 should be declared Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in the Romanian Patriarchate. In this sense, the Holy Synod Office worked out a church national frame-programme to be held according to the following points: During the first semester of 2014, the theme will be entitled “Holy Confession and Holy Communion from Bible-patristic, moral-dogmatic, liturgical and pastoral point of view”. During the second semester of 2014, the theme will be complementary treated under the title Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs, at the commemoration of 300 years since their martyrdom.

The semestal pastoral-missionary conference to be held in the spring of 2014 will treat the theme “Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion”, and the autumn semestral session will analyse the theme “Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs”. In 2014, the Romanian Patriarchate will organise an international Eucharistic congress, a national symposium, and a national exhibition dedicated to the “Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs” in order to value the historical, spiritual and cultural legacy of the Brancovean epoch.

In 2014, the eparchies and institutions of theological education of the Romanian Orthodox Church will organise debates, colloquies, seminaries and exhibitions of icons, frescoes and mosaics on the theme “Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs” in the Romanian Patriarchate.

The pilgrimage agencies of the Romanian Patriarchate will organise pilgrimages in the country and abroad to the places where the great father confessors of Orthodoxy lived, as well as to the places related to the life, martyrdom and cultural legacy of the Brancovean Saints. In October 2014, the solemn session of the Holy Synod will be held at the Patriarchate Palace when a synthesis of the events of the “Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs” held within every eparchy will be presented. The manifestations organised in 2014 – Solemn Eucharistic year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs in the Romanian Patriarchate will be publicised by Basilica Press Centre of the Romanian Patriarchate, church eparchial mass-media and by the laic press too.

PRESS OFFICE OF THE ROMANIAN PATRIARCHATE

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