Romanian Church consecrated on the eve of the feast of the Holy Three Hierarchs
The church of the “Saints Trois Hiérarchs” Romanian parish of La Courneuve – Paris was consecrated last Saturday, on the eve of its patronal feast.
The consecration service was celebrated in Romanian and French by Romanian Metropolitan Iosif of Western and Southern Europe, who was joined by Archbishop Job of Telmessos (Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople), Metropolitan Ignatios of Western Europe and Southern (Patriarchate of Antioch), by the Romanian Bishop Iustin of Maramureş and Sătmar, by the Romanian Bishop Timotei of Spain and Portugal, by the Romanian Auxiliary Bishop for Western Europe Marc de Neamț, and by HG Atanasie of Bogdania, Auxiliary Bishop of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Italy.
The liturgical responses were given by the Anastasios Byzantine Music Choir from Târgu Mureş, Romania.
Metropolitan Iosif emphasized that through consecration, a church will become the dwelling place of God on earth and the gates of heaven.
The hierarch briefly explained the meaning and syntax of painting in Orthodox places of worship.
On the same occasion, the parish received a second patronal feast: The Protection of the Mother of God.
HE Iosif also consecrated the Holy Antemensions offered last year to the Romanian Diaspora communities by Patriarch Daniel. Every Romanian parish in Western Europe must receive one.