Holiness of Saint Hesychast Saint Theophano Basarab, proclaimed by the Romanian Orthodox Church in a solemn year of prayer

On the occasion of the patronal feast of the Patriarchal Cathedral on Saturday, May 21, 2022, the historic proclamation of the holiness of the Venerable Theophano Basarab took place. Saint Theophano is the first nun in history known to be of Romanian descent and the daughter of Prince Basarab I of Wallachia.

The canonization ceremony led by Patriarch Daniel took place within the framework of the Solemn Year of Prayer in the Life of the Church and Christian Life and the Commemorative Year of the Hesychast Saints Symeon the New Theologian, Gregory Palamas and Paisius (Velichkovsky) of Neamț to the Romanian Patriarchate.

“In honor of these hesychast saints, we include in the calendar of our Church and this hesychast, prayerful, holy woman of the 14th century,” Patriarch Daniel said before the reading of the Synodal Tomos.

Saint Theophano was a contemporary of Saint Gregory Palamas and a disciple of Saint Theodosius the Hesychast.

Besides the Romanian hierarchs, the event brought together two metropolitans from Bulgaria, the country where the Romanian-born saint lived: His Eminence Metropolitan Naum of Ruse and His Eminence Metropolitan Daniel of Vidin.

“We resolve that henceforth and forever the Venerable Saint Theophano Basarab be counted among the saints of the Church and remembered with hymns of praise on his feast day, October 28 each year, and be enshrined in the Synaxarium, in the liturgy books, as well as in the calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church,” reads Synodal Tomos.

The canonization of Venerable Theophano was decided in February by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church. Her feast day will be October 28, when Romanians from the Bulgarian and Serbian regions of Timok will commemorate her.

Source: Basilica. Ro

Martha J. Finley