Bishop of Sinaia: The Church is the one that keeps the memory of all heroes
Last Thursday, Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Ieronim of Sinaia attended a memorial ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Carol I Park in Bucharest.
The Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop said it was the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord and “a day of spiritual elevation” in prayer for the heroes who ensured the uninterrupted existence of our country and our people.
The event brought together the President of Romania, Klaus Iohannis, the Prime Minister, Nicolae Ciuca, the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Marcel Ciolacu, the President of the Senate, Florin Cîţu, the Minister of Defense, Vasile Dîncu, the Interior Minister Lucian Bode, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, General Mayor of Bucharest Nicuş Dan and military chaplains.
A memorial service was presided over by Fr. Florin Vlădoiu, coordinator of the religious assistance section of the General Staff of the Romanian Army.
“We will find that each of our peoples has reached the present time by unbroken succession. If this succession had been interrupted somewhere, we would not have existed. So would this country be. Without these dedicated soldiers, in love with the nation to the point of sacrifice, who would give their lives for our ideals, today we would not be an independent, free country and with the most beautiful aspirations,” Bishop Ieronim of Sinaia told Trinitas TV after the June 2 ceremony.
“A duty of great honor is being fulfilled: that of not forgetting them. The Church is, par excellence, the one that keeps the memory of all. And on this day we also remember the heroes,” the hierarch added.
“We also remember them in the holy churches, in the actual memorial service which we perform for the forgiveness of their sins, that in addition to earthly glory the Savior may also give them heavenly glory, because that by their supreme sacrifice they were clothed with glory on earth,” the Bishop also noted.
“We pray to God to number them among his saints in heaven,” Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Ieronim of Sinaia concluded.
On Thursday, June 2, at noon, all the church bells of the Romanian Patriarchate rang in memory of the national heroes.
The commemoration of the heroes of the Romanian nation on the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord was decided by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church in 1920. This decision was then consecrated by two other synodal resolutions in 1999 and 2001 , by which the day was proclaimed a national holiday of the church.
Law 379/2003 on the regime of war graves and memorials declares the fortieth day of Easter, the feast of the Ascension of the Savior Jesus Christ, as Heroes’ Day and a national holiday of the Romanian people.