Te Deum at the Romanian Patriarchate on the National Day of Romania

Alos Read – National Day of Romania Celebrated at the Romanian Academy

Tuesday, 1 December 2015, the National Day of Romania, 12.00 hours, the Te Deum service was celebrated in the Patriarchal Cathedral of Bucharest, according to the church tradition and decision of the Holy Synod.

The religious service was celebrated by His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, assisted by a group of priests and deacons. The liturgical answers were given by Tronos psaltic chorus of the Patriarchal Cathedral.

At the end of the Te Deum, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel delivered a speech entitled Let us reaffirm the high esteem and love for the Romanian people, out of which we render a short fragment: “On the National Day of Romania the high esteem and love for the Romanian people must be particularly reaffirmed. In this sense, we must, through prayers, solidarity and good deeds, alleviate the suffering of those affected by the fire at Collective Club in Bucharest. We must also bring greater contribution to promoting spiritual and intellectual education of the children and young people, so that they should more efficiently apprehend the relationship between the intellectual knowledge and concrete daily life. At the same time, the Church must contribute to keeping and cultivating the gift of spiritual and physical good health of the people, by treating the sick in its medical settlements and extending the programmes: “Donate blood! Save a life!” and “Good health for villages”, as well as the programmes of preventive medicine designed to help people avoid various diseases. Special care must further be taken in keeping the Romanian identity and spirituality in the life of the Romanian people living abroad, in the Romanian diaspora”.

Before the Te Deum service, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated in the Patriarchal Cathedral when the heroes of the Romanian people who achieved the national unity of the Romanians 97 years ago, in 1918, were commemorated.

The Romanian Constitution stipulates that 1 December is the National Day of our country, in memory of over 100,000 Romanians gathered at Horea’s Field in Alba Iulia, who asked for the Union of Transylvania with the Country. The Great National Assembly, consisting of 1228 delegates, adopted a decree that endorsed the Union of all Romanians from Transylvania, entire Banat (territory between the rivers Mureş, Tisa, and Danube) and the Hungarian Land (Crişana, Sătmar and Maramureş) with Romania.