Moldova: 4 hierarchs consecrate a church built in place of a church destroyed by impious soviets

Larga Nouă, Moldova, September 1, 2022

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Four hierarchs of the Romanian Orthodox Church met on Tuesday to consecrate a church in a village in southwestern Moldova.

Larga Nouă previously housed a church built in 1800, but the godless Soviet authorities demolished it in 1954. Today, the village houses a new church, dedicated to the bringing of the relics of Saint Nicholas.

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The consecration was celebrated by His Eminence Metropolitan Petru of Chișinău and Bessarabia, His Eminence Archbishop Casian of the Lower Danube, His Grace Bishop Veniamin of South Bessarabia and His Eminence Archbishop Atanasie of Italy, reports the news agency of the basilica.

the abbot. Casian spoke of the importance of the church’s consecration service, appreciating the sacrifice of the local community to build an altar dedicated to the great Holy Hierarch Nicholas. the abbot. Atanasie preached on the Gospel, emphasizing the spiritual context of the celebration, urging the faithful to participate in divine services.

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The parish priest, Fr. Constantin Dumitrașcu and the iconographer Adrian Dundev received the Diocesan Order of St. Ioan the New of Suceava for their work in the construction of the new church. The first stone of the new church was laid on October 20, 1996 and iconography work began in 2011.

the abbot. Casian donated a set of sacred vessels and liturgical utensils to the parish, and for local children he donated 100 backpacks full of school supplies.

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Source: Orthodox Christianity

Martha J. Finley