The Holy Synod of Romanian Church declared 2016 As Solemn Year Of The Religious Education Of The Christian Orthodox Youth And Commemorative Year Of The Saint Hierarch Martyr Antim Of Ivir And Of The Church Printers

November 2014

Met in working session under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel at the Patriarchal Residence on 28 and 29 October 2014, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church decided:

1.Approval of the Pastoral letter of the Holy Synod at the end of the Solemn Eucharistic Year (of the Holy Confession and Holy Communion) and of the Commemorative year of the Brancovean Saints Martyrs, which will be read in all churches and monasteries of the Romanian Patriarchate in the country and abroad on the first Sunday of the Advent of the Nativity of the Lord (16 November 2014);

2.Declaration of the year 2016 as Solemn year of the religious education of the Christian Orthodox Youth and Commemorative year of Saint Hierarch Martyr Antim of Ivir and of the church printers at the commemoration of 300 years since his martyr’s death (1716 – 2015);

3.Extension at national level of the campaign of the Romanian Patriarchate entitled “Donate blood! Save a life!” which will be unfolded with the support of the Romanian Television and of the Ministry for Health. Given the forthcoming presidential elections in Romania (2 November 2014), the Holy Synod reaffirms its urge for the servants of the Holy Altars and faithful of the Romanian Orthodox Church to vote in the spirit of faith and of the love for Church and Nation, with Christian and civic responsibility for the implementation of the common welfare in the Romanian society and for the future of Romania.

Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate