Several ceremonies including a solemn Divine Liturgy, a Te Deum service and a wreath-laying ceremony were held Sunday on the Patriarchate’s Hill in Bucharest to mark the 162nd founding anniversary of the Union of the Romanian Principalities.
Attending the ceremonies, Patriarch Daniel spoke about the contribution of the Romanian Orthodox Church to ‘this fundamental act of our history.’
The day started with a solemn Divine Liturgy celebrated at the Patriarchal Cathedral by the patriarchal auxiliary bishop Varlaam of Ploiesti.
Prayers were offered for Ruler Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, Metropolitans Nifon of Wallachia and Sofronie Miclescu of Moldavia, and all the founders of the Union of the Romanian Principalities.
A Te Deum service followed as a thanksgiving to God for the achievement of this fundamental act in the national history of Romania.
During his speech, Patriarch Daniel said that the Union of the Romanian Principalities “meant the culmination of an entire process of cultivating the national unity of Romanians, a process in which the Romanian Orthodox Church made an essential contribution.”