Two-day, 600-mile procession with wonderworking icon and relics in Romanian diocese

Buzău, Romania, April 1, 2021

Photo: Photo: A two-day procession with a wonderworking icon and the relics of great saints was held throughout the Romanian Archdiocese of Buzău and Vrancea over the weekend in honor of the great feast of the Annunciation of the Most Holy Theotokos.

With the blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Ciprian, the procession with the wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God from Neagră Monastery and the relics of St. Nektarios of Aegina and St. Charalambos covered more than 620 miles on Friday and Saturday, going through almost all the valleys and localities throughout the diocese, reports the Basilica News Agency.

The procession, organized at the request of the diocesan Orthodox Women’s Association following the requests of local parishioners, was met with joy by both the local faithful and authorities.

Abp. Ciprian said that the procession, held between the feast of the Annunciation and the Sunday of St. Gregory Palamas, “the light of Orthodoxy,” is “good news” from the Mother of God regarding deliverance from the pandemic.

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It’s imperative to remember that, beyond the help we receive from medicines developed by scientists, “the help we feel in our lives comes only from God. What is impossible for people is possible for God,” Abp. Ciprian said. “Believers welcomed the icon of the Mother of God and the holy relics with the hope that the Most Holy Theotokos and the wonderworking saints will help us and intercede before the Heavenly Father, to bless us with full health.”

“We who truly believe in the Savior Jesus Christ, the Son of God incarnate, are convinced that He is the Physician of all, healing both mental and physical ailments. Therefore, more faith, attachment to the Church, and love for each other are expected from us,” His Eminence emphasized.

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