Bucharest, October 22, 2021
The Romanian Orthodox Church kicked off a 7-day pilgrimage in honor of St. Demetrius the New on Thursday.
The 13th-century ascetic has been honored as the patron saint of Bucharest ever since his relics were placed in the cathedral there in 1774. His feast is one of the major celebrations in the annual liturgical cycle of the Romanian Orthodox Church, drawing thousands of Orthodox faithful to the capital city.
Unfortunately, the pilgrimage is being held under certain COVID restrictions this year. St. Demetrius is known to have helped save Bucharest during the bubonic plague of 1813-1814 and the cholera epidemic of 1831, reports the Basilica News Agency.
The pilgrimage began with the placing of the relics of St. Demetrius, together with relics of St. John Jacob of Neamț, the patron of the Romanian diaspora, Sts. Constantine and Helen, and St. Nektarios of Aegina on the porch of the Patriarchal Cathedral.
Watch the placing of the relics:
Tomorrow morning, the relics will be moved to a canopy near the cathedral, where they will remain for the veneration of the people until Thursday, October 28.