At the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, the passing of 91 years since the Union of Bessarabia with Romania were celebrated today, March 27, 2009. The event started at 12 p.m. with the celebration of the Te Deum and a memorial service for the makers of the Union of 1918. The two liturgical services were celebrated, with the blessing of His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, by Right Rev. Ciprian, Patriarchal Vicar Bishop, surrounded by a sobor of priests, deacons, and in the presence of Right Rev. Varsanufie, Vicar Bishop of the Bucharest Archdiocese, members of the Standing Meeting of the National Church Council and of the Bucharest Archdiocese and a large number of faithful.
At the end of the memorial service, Most Rev. Ciprian delivered a sermon in which he evoked the historical moment which took place 91 years ago, lauding the memory of the makers of the Union of Bessarabia with Romania.