“We, the children of a great man, Metropolitan Longin of Bancheny, appeal to you with a big request—save our papa. Don’t judge him,” a group of orphans, most of him suffer from various disabilities, plead in a new video address to Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky.
Since 2015, the Romanian Orthodox Church has commemorated the last Sunday in May as the Day of Romanians Everywhere, “a unique day with profound spiritual importance, reaffirming the Christian roots and traditions of the Romanian people.”
Did the people of Ivan’kovo notice a special kind of divine admonition in the fact that these two elderly people, a man and his wife, who were screening movies in a former church for decades, looking at the screen in front of the altar and helping others to do the same, suddenly became blind together, at the same time?
And here I am, standing on the stage with the school choir, and, as I look up, I see a wreath of soft cherubic faces showing through the white ceiling paint, as if through a white veil.
Despite the monastery’s best efforts, it is struggling to bring its construction project to completion, as means, resources, and income streams remain limited. The matter has become urgent, as the continuous exposure to harsh weather conditions weakens the structure.