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Why We Build The Cathedral For The Nation’s Salvation And What Its Significance Is

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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.basilica.ro/en/news/bwhy_we_build_the_cathedral_for_the_nations_salvation_and_what_its_significance_is_b_6052.html Why We Build The Cathedral For
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 3 6:46 PM
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      Why We Build The Cathedral For The Nation’s Salvation And What Its
      Significance Is

      The Press Office of the Romanian Patriarchate informs us:

      As there are still some persons and groups that continue to contest in
      the country and abroad the need and opportuneness to build the Cathedral
      for the Nation’s Salvation in Bucharest, the Romanian Patriarchate
      explains that the New Cathedral is a necessity and a symbol:

      1. Liturgical necessity

      Only who celebrates or attends the solemn liturgical moments and the
      church ceremonies in the present Patriarchal Cathedral knows the
      difficulties brought about by the acute lack of space for the normal
      development of the religious services. The present Patriarchal
      Cathedral, built in the middle of the 17th century (1656 – 1658) was
      first church monastery and later on metropolitan cathedral in 1688. From
      1925 forward, once the Romanian Patriarchate was set up, it has been
      temporary used as Patriarchal Cathedral till the Cathedral for the
      Nation’s Salvation is built, as the text by Patriarch Miron Cristea
      above the entrance door reads, written after the restoration works from
      1932 - 1935. All the metropolitan cathedrals of the Romanian provinces
      are much more spacious than the present Patriarchal Cathedral and
      provide the clergy and faithful with better conditions for celebrating
      the religious services.

      2. Public necessity

      According to the Bill of the Religious Cults no. 489/2006, the religious
      cults are legal persons of private law and public utility (article 8,
      paragraph 1). In the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation religious
      ceremonies with national public character will be celebrated, like
      remembrance services for the heroes of the Romanian nation on the feast
      of the Ascension of the Lord – Heroes’ Day (one of the dedication days
      of the future Patriarchal Cathedral) and of the Heroes of December 1989
      or the Te Deum service on the National Day – 1 December. At the same
      time, some other ceremonies will be held in the Cathedral for the
      Nation’s Salvation, as for example anniversaries, or commemorations with
      national and international character, guests from abroad will be
      received and events with religious significance will be organised like
      congresses, conferences and other manifestations of the Romanian priests
      and young people from the country and abroad. The public utility of the
      future Patriarchal Cathedral will be also emphasised by the generous
      space of almost 6 ha around it arranged as public park, enlarging the
      surface of the greenery of Bucharest.

      3. Symbol of the unity between the spiritual and social work of the Church

      In the complex of the Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation the spiritual
      work of liturgical catechetic homiletic character will go off in unity
      with and completing the social-cultural work – through the Conference
      Centre and the Museum of the Romanian Christianity – the
      social-philanthropic one – through the canteen and pilgrims’ hostel –
      and social-medical one – through the Centre of Diagnosis and Treatment –
      all of them in the precincts of the new Cathedral.

      4. Symbol of the unity between generations and of the Romanians from
      everywhere

      The Cathedral for the Nation’s Salvation will be representative for the
      faith of the majority of the Romanian people through its traditional
      Romanian Byzantine architectural style. The paintings and mosaics of the
      future Patriarchal Cathedral will include saints and places of worships
      representative for all the Romanian provinces and even for the Romanian
      communities abroad.


      5. Symbol of the national dignity

      The Romanian Orthodox Church is the only one of the Orthodox Churches
      without a representative cathedral for the faith of the majority of the
      Romanian people. In several countries of the world, the Cathedral of the
      capital is also called national cathedral. For example, National
      Cathedral of Washington is the national cathedral where ceremonies with
      national symbol value take place. It should be mentioned the fact that
      National Arena stadium with a capacity of 55,000 places was built in
      Bucharest with public funds without great protests concerning the
      opportuneness of this national sportive objective. Yet, the Cathedral
      for the Nation’s Salvation with 5,000 places capacity will be built only
      partially from public funds, while the rest of the money will be
      provided through the donations of the clergy and of the Romanian
      Orthodox faithful from the country and abroad.

      6. Complementary to the schools and hospitals of Romania

      The new Patriarchal Cathedral cannot compete or be opposed to the
      schools and hospitals of Romania, as those hostile to its construction
      say, because it is complementary to them. The public schools of Romania
      are competed and completed by many private schools appeared after 1990,
      just as the hospitals and other state medical units are competed and
      completed by private medical centres. Yet, the Cathedral for the
      Nation’s Salvation cannot be replaced by a private one, because the
      Cathedral is a symbol of a great community in prayer, of a whole city.

      The Church is the only school that is not ended with a school leaving
      examination or with studies for a doctor’s degree, but always remains a
      lifelong spiritual school which guides people to look for the eternal
      heavenly life ever since their earthly life. Moreover, it is the only
      hospital that heals the man of sins both through forgiveness and through
      the cultivation of virtues in order to get spiritual health and pure
      love for harmony in family and society.

      So, the Church is a spiritual school and hospital, complementary to all
      the public schools and hospitals. This is why, following the request of
      the Church, religion is taught in public schools educating the children
      and young people in the spirit of the perennial eternal values,
      completing in this way the scientific disciplines, while charity priests
      are present in hospital helping and completing the medical scientific
      practice, because man is not only body, but also soul.

      7. In conclusion, it is more useful and respectable to build with joy a
      symbol-space of communion, than passionately defend a spiritual vacuum!

      This truth is confirmed by the crowd of Romanian clergy and faithful who
      have already begun to offer with joy some little money for the Cathedral
      that represents their desire to be strengthened in faith and grown in
      dignity.
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