Chisinau, May 14, 2015
An appeal has been published on the official website of the Orthodox Church of Moldova.
“Dear Reverend Fathers,
Beloved in Christ brothers and sisters!
On May 23, 2015, the fullness of the Orthodox Church in Moldova will participate in the prayer rally in support of the traditional family – a family in which from generation to generation children are raised in love for God and in respect for their motherland and traditions, thus finding hope for a prosperous future.
We firmly believe and know that it is the family in its traditional understanding that in full measure reflects the teachings of the Orthodox faith, thus contributing much to the formation of any society, based on the fundamental moral values which further normal development not only of any individual nation but also the continuity of mankind.
Today, as never before, we need to show that we are united around one main idea whose aim is to prove that we are not indifferent to our present and future and that the past is not forgotten either.
We are calling upon everybody, young and old, to gather on Saturday, beginning from 10:00 AM, in front of the Monastery of St. Theodore Tyron in Chisinau. Headed by hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, we will take part in the peaceful prayer rally, in the spirit of Christian love and setting all our hopes upon the Lord’s help. We will demonstrate that we are enthusiastic about and capable of defending our common precious values; for, the primary aim of each of us is to preserve these values unchanged and to pass them on to the future generations. The culmination of our procession will be veneration and laying of flowers at the monument to the Holy Right-Believing Stephen III the Great, Prince of Moldavia (reigned from 1457 till 1504; feast in the Romanian Orthodox Church: July 2) which will be followed by a thanksgiving service to the Lord for all His mercies upon our pious nation!
Christ is Risen!
He is Risen Indeed!”
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