Credinta Aprilie - Iunie 2014
Pastoral visit to Seattle
During the weekend of March 28 - 30, 2014, Archbishop Nicolae visited Seattle. The main purpose of the visit was to meet with the faithful of the new parish dedicated to St. Joachim and Anna, established in this city just 18 months ago. Their love of God and devotion to the Church of Christ made it possible for these worthy Romanian Orthodox Christians to buy a beautiful church in a very short period of time.
The pastoral visit began on Friday evening, March 28th, with the Sacrament of Holy Unction for the Romanian faithful from Seattle and Vancouver, officiated at the Russian Cathedral of St. Nicholas. The Russian Cathedral is the community that opened its doors as hosts of the Romanian Orthodox group that embarked on the road of founding this new parish. The following clergy concelebrated with His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae: Fr. Daniel Ene, parish administrator, Fr. Cornel Dragomir from St. Nicholas parish in Vancouver, Hieromonk Filip (Rotaru) from St. Joachim and Anna Church, and Fr. Philosoph Uhlman from Victoria. The next day, Saturday morning, the faithful of the new parish rejoiced to receive the blessing of God through the service of the blessing of the water. His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae spoke about the importance of the work accomplished to the glory of God and for the benefit of the Romanian Orthodox Christians in Seattle. In the evening, Vespers was served in the St. John Maximovitch Chapel of the Russian Cathedral, which has served as the place of prayer for the faithful of the new Romanian parish over the past several months. The chapel is in the room where St. John Maximovitch labored, and where he passed away. The saint’s blessings were poured out abundantly on the Romanian Orthodox of Seattle, as shown by the events that have transpired.
On Sunday, March 30th, His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae celebrated the Divine Liturgy at St. Nicholas Russian Cathedral in the presence of Russian and Romanian believers. Father Alexei, the priest of the Cathedral, Fr Daniel Ene, Hieromonk Filip, and Deacon Paul were also present. The responses to the Divine Liturgy were given by the choirs of the two parishes in Slavonic, Romanian, and English. His Eminence spoke about St. John of the Ladder and his work, the Ladder of Virtues, but also about the common confession of the Orthodox Faith, which we ought to bring together in the Church and in the world beyond the differences in language and traditions. "We are a single Orthodox Church even if we use different languages.” In the end His Eminence Archbishop Nicolae thanked the hosts for welcoming their Romanian Orthodox brothers, a wonderful gesture of brotherly love and Christian support which soon led to the possibility of buying their own church. Sunday ended with a Pan-Orthodox Vespers service at St. Catherine OCA Church.
The pastoral visit to Seattle was a spiritually uplifting event, and fruitful from the point of view of many ministries. God has blessed the Romanian Orthodox in Seattle through the prayers of the Holy Hierarch John Maximovitch. Glory to Him for all things!