To end with the Vesper service celebrated on 27 April 2013, at the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation, the Patriarch of Romania explained in the sermon delivered that the new cathedral will be like a Resurrection candle and like a coming out of the humiliation the Church was sentenced to in many ways during the communist atheist regime.
“The first stop during the pilgrimage will be at the chapel of the Resurrection of the Lord, which is the chapel of the Patriarchal Cathedral. It is dedicated to the Resurrection of the Lord because the crucified Christ was resurrected before ascending to Heaven. Close to this place were the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation is being built three churches were demolished and two were moved. The chapel of the Resurrection and the Cathedral of the Ascension show that the Church humiliated through the five places of worship demolished and moved bears the Mystery of the Resurrection in her. Therefore, the new Cathedral will be like a Resurrection candle and like a coming out of the humiliation the Church suffered in many ways during the atheist communism. Thus, this work has the value of a symbol besides the strictly liturgical need and we hope it will also be a symbolic work for our raising in dignity for the welfare of the Romanian people”, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel explained.
His Beatitude has also shown that this year the pilgrimage started from the future Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation to thank God and point out the work done so far: “We glorify God for this beautiful blessed day when we celebrated here, on the place where the faithful will go into the new cathedral, the Vesper and Litany and consecrated the fig branches for the pilgrimage to follow and thanked God for the two years and a half of work to the new cathedral named the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation. From November 2010 till April 2013, in two years and a half 20 meters were built, 16 underground and 4 above the ground to finish the infra-structure of the construction. From this platform the church of the future Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation begins, a hard work to do because much was built underground, an expensive work and we hope that from now on the work to be easier and less expensive, although we still have to build 40 or 50 meters to come close to the roof of the future cathedral. We glorify God because we could meet here and leave for the pilgrimage, as we usually set off from Radu Voda Monastery of Bucharest, but this year the pilgrimage starts from here just to thank God for the work done so far.”