Source: Basilica News Agency
December 7, 2016
Elder Cleopas Ilie was remembered Satruday, 3 December 2016, at Sihăstria Monastery, 18 years after his passing away to the Lord. A memorial service was officiated by His Eminence Teofan, Metropolitan of Moldova and Bukovina. Other Romanian Elders were also remembered at the service: Archimandrite Ioanichie Bălan, Archimandrite Victorin Oanele and Hieroschemamonk Paisie Olaru.
Many abbots, abbesses and faithful participated at the Divine Liturgy and the memorial service.
Metropolitan Teofan of Moldova and Bukovina delivered a homily referring to the spiritual gifts of the Romanian Elders Cleopas, Ioanichie, Paisie and Victorin.
Next, Metropolitan Teofan, assisted by clerics and faithful, went to the cemetery of Sihăstria Monastery to officiate a Trisagion at the tombs of the four elders.