On Friday, 4th December, on the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir celebrated Divine Liturgy in the parish of the representation of the Orthodox Church of Moldova in Moscow (8/4c Barashevsky per., 4), celebrating the Patron’s Feast of this holy site.
The official representation of the Orthodox Church of Moldova was created by Patriarchal decree No. 02/1657, on 1st September 2015, and is active within the parish of the Entrance into the Temple of our Most Holy Lady Theotokos (Vvedenky hram).
His Eminence Vladimir, who is Rector of the Entrance of the Theotokos parish in Moscow, and the Metropolitan Secretary, Mitred Archpriest Vadim Cheibas, were greeted with much joy by the clerics of the church, Mitred Archpriest Ghenadie Turcanu, Mitred Archpriest Vitalie Pinzari, and numerous Moldovan church-goers who came to pray together with the Archpastor of the Orthodox Church of Moldova.
Addressing to the faithful, His Eminence Vladimir talked about the history of the Feast of the Entrance of our Most Holy Lady into the Temple: “The Gospel passage we have just listened to was charted by the Holy Church to be read out on all feasts dedicated to the Mother of God. However, in this very day, the Feast of the Entrance of the Theotokos into the Temple, this passage gains a very special focus on the relation of Our Most Holy Lady and the Word of God”. In their message, His Eminence underlined the importance of the divine mission that the God-chosen 3-eyar-old girl had to perform for the salvation of the humanity.
After the service, His Eminence came up with an inspired message of congratulation to the church-goers present, appreciating their exemplary unity and permanent love they exhibit to each other, expressed in Christian acts that underline their vivid faith, and in their efforts for the perpetration of our sacred values even though they are so far away from their homes.
Later on this day, His Eminence officiated Baptismal service, Christianizing a baby of a Moldovan family living in Moscow.
The Metropolitan Press Service