On the 36th Sunday after the Pentecost, that coincided this year with the Feast of Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Nativity of the Lord Metropolitan Cathedral in Chisinau. The metropolitan was assisted at the service by His Grace Ioan, Bishop of Soroca and Vicar of the Metropolis of Moldova, mitred archpriest Vadim Cheibas, the Metropolitan secretary, and the priests and deacons of the holy site.
Saint Gregory the Theologian, Archbishop of Constantinople, a great Father and teacher of the Church, was born into a Christian family of eminent lineage in the year 329, at Arianzos (not far from the city of Cappadocian Nazianzos). His father, also named Gregory (January 1), was Bishop of Nazianzus. The son is the St Gregory Nazianzus encountered in Patristic theology.
St. Gregory was named the Theologian due to his immense contribution to the research and explanation of Orthodox Christian Faith in the dispute with arianism and other heresies.