Visit of Archbishop Nathaniel & Delegation to Romania, 2007


His Beatitude, Dr. DANIEL Ciobotea,
Archbishop of Bucharest,
Metropolitan of Muntenia & Dobrojea,
Locum Tenes of the Throne of Cezareea in Cappadocia,
Patriarch of The Romanian Orthodox Church

On September 30, 2007 Orthodox leaders, as well as high-ranking government officials, and delegates from religious denominations around the world gathered in Bucharest for the enthronement of the new Patriarch Daniel. Our Archbishop Nathaniel represented the ROEA, with Fr Grama (Representative of the Dept. of External Affairs) and our Fr Laurence Lazar (Secretary of the Episcopate Council and Dean of the Cathedral). It is a great honor for Fr Laurence and for our Cathedral parish to have participated in this very rare and significant event in the life of our mother church.

Patriarch DANIEL was elected as successor to His Beatitude, TEOCTIST (Arapasu) who fell asleep in the Lord following complications during a surgical procedure in late July. Though Romania traces its Christian roots to the Apostle Andrew in the first century, Patriarch DANIEL is the 6th Patriarch since the Church of Romania was granted its autocephaly and raised to the rank of 'patriarchate'.

The new Patriarch is very well known in both Orthodox and Ecumenical circles throughout the world. Although it is not a guarantee to succession, His Beatitude's election does continue the tradition of the Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina (with its see in Iasi), ascending to the throne of the patriarch. The new Patriarch served as Archbishop of Iasi and Metropolitan of Moldova and Bucovina since the early 1990's.

Intru mulţi ani Prea Fericite Stăpāne!


A view the Village Museum (Muzeul Satului)
The Archbishop & Fr Grama at the "Atheneum"
Another view at the Muzeul Satului


The Archbishop visits the famous "Stavrapoleous" Church in Bucharest
View of the courtyard inside the Patriarch's residence
Various delegations make their way through the patriarchal complex

A panoramic view showing the Patriarchate from a distance
The patriarch-elect stands before the metropolitans
Service of enthronement in the 16th Century Patriarchal Cathedral

Looking out of the Cathedral toward the residence
The procession prepares to lead the new Patriarch out of the Cathedral
The 7 metropolitans of the synod served at the enthronement

The patriarch is enthroned for the first time
Metropolitan Laurentiu of Ardeal entrusts the staff of Patriarch MIRON
Patriarch DANIEL (now in the traditional all white) blesses the faithful

President Basescu awarded the "Star of Romania" that same day
King Michael I addresses the assembly
Patriarch Daniel with some of the hierarchs at Cotroceni Palace

The tomb of Patriarch TEOCTIST inside the Cathedral
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