The Orthodox Church in Romania has recently started performing a so called blessing for cars, a ten-minute religious ceremony during which the priest blesses the car and prays for the safety of the driver and passengers of the car.
The Romanian Patriarchy decided to introduce the new blessing service after having received numerous requests from drivers, and there is no fixed cost for this service, each believer can pay as much or as little as they want. The special blessing prayer has been introduced in an official prayer book after Romanian drivers have been asking for this kind of service as they also want a ‘divine insurance’ on their cars.
As many as 88.5 percent of Romanians said they are orthodox according to the most recent census data, and the church is the most trusted institutions in Romania, according to surveys. In the country, it is a common practice for religious people to ask priests to bless their houses, both new and old buildings.