Chișinău, Moldova, August 27, 2021
Church bells and prayers are ringing out today in honor of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Moldovan Declaration of Independence.
His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir of the Orthodox Church of Moldova of the Moscow Patriarchate issued a circular on Wednesday that reads:
Given the special importance of the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration of Independence of the Republic of Moldova, it is blessed to ring the bells in all the holy places within the Orthodox Church of Moldova on August 27, 2021, between 11:00 and 11:10, and to serve a Te Deum for peace and unity throughout the country.
In his message for the occasion, Met. Vladimir emphasizes that “we must first of all turn our thoughts to the merciful God and thank Him for all the gifts He has poured out upon our country over the years.”
August 27, 1991, when the Declaration of Independence was adopted, marked “the end of a period in which faith in God was considered the opium of the people, and the faithful man an enemy of the people,” His Eminence notes.
Moreover, “The Orthodox Church of the Republic of Moldova has been reborn from its own ashes,” he highlights, including the reconstruction of holy sites and the construction of more than 1,000 new churches.
“I earnestly pray that the Almighty Lord will send peace and prosperity to the people of Moldova,” Met. Vladimir concludes.