Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    Holy Synod of Romania says “going through an extremely difficult time”

    The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church believes that humanity is going through an extremely difficult time in terms of health and life as a new epidemic has spread around the world has affected many people.

    “Throughout this period, we really need prayer and fraternal support, we really need to get closer to God and show practical solidarity with other people,” the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church said in an encyclical dedicated to the first Sunday of Christmas.

    The members of the Synod emphasize that fasting is first of all about “the preparation and purification of souls and bodies, through the Holy Confession and the Holy Eucharist, as well as through charity.”

    “Therefore, we call on the clergy and laity of our Holy Church to collect food, clothing, and medicine through parishes, monasteries, deaneries, and diocesan centers. They will be distributed among those who suffer and need help: large low-income families, the elderly, and those who lack the support of a large family, especially in rural areas,” the encyclical said.

    The hierarchs have thanked the clergy and the faithful for their generosity shown last year.

    The Holy Synod of the Romanian Church also reminds the faithful that 2021 has been the Solemn Year of Romanian Pastoral Care Outside Romania and the Year of Remembrance of the Lord.

    “We also call on Romanians from all over the world to honor the memory and sites where those who have passed for eternal life were buried because only prayer and gratitude can ensure a living relationship of souls. Spiritual communication is stronger than the physical death of the body,” the encyclical reads.