Bucharest, February 7, 2018
Meeting at the patriarchal residence in Bucharest yesterday under the chairmanship of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel of Romania, the ten-member Metropolitan Synod of Muntenia and Dobruja approved a proposal to officially add St. Matrona of Moscow to the calendar of the Romanian Orthodox Church, the press service of the Romanian Orthodox Church reports.
It remains for the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, which will be meeting in the near future, to give the final approval to the proposal.
St. Matrona was canonized by the Russian Orthodox Church in 1999, and is one of the most beloved saints in Russia today. Hundreds and thousands of people wait in line to venerate her relics daily. The faithful also bring flowers as an offering and sign of devotion to St. Matrona.
In Moscow for the Russian Church’s celebration of the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the patriarchal throne, Pat. Daniel celebrated the Divine Liturgy on Sunday, December 3 at Holy Protection Monastery, where St. Matrona’s relics are located, thus experiencing for himself the grace that God pours out through St. Matrona, and the people’s great love for her.
In his homily, the patriarch stated, “We are very glad that we were able to honor the holy relics of St. Matrona, who is very well known throughout Russia and throughout the Orthodox world. Many Romanian pilgrims also come here to venerate the relics of Blessed Matrona, and thus we see how the Orthodox faith and the saints unite Orthodox people in a spirit of unity and love. Amen!”
St. Seraphim of Sarov is also highly venerated in the Romanian Orthodox Church. His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia visited Romania in October for the celebration of St. Demetrios the patron of Bucharest, bringing with him as a gift a portion of the relics of St. Seraphim.
The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church also recently resolved to officially add St. Porphyrios the Kavsokalyvite to its calendar.