Dear Chisinau citizens!
Beloved in Christ brothers and sisters!
Let me most sincerely congratulate you and wish you long live on the day when we celebrate the 577th anniversary of the foundation of our city. This is a beautiful spiritual event, and I want to believe that in the future we will all continue to share our joy of living in the Capital – a witness of so many important historical events that marked the history of our God-loving people.
In our joy we should equally have the sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and devotion to working diligently and efficiently, for continuous development of our city, both for ourselves, and for the coming generations.
Even if the times are hard and much of what must be achieved appears to be impossible, we should know that with pure prayer to the All-Good God in our hearts, with permanent hope for the protection and intercession of the Mother of God whom we are celebrating today with utmost piety, we will persevere, entering into the triumph of imperishable values, for the sake of all of us.
During those almost six centuries of Chisinau’s history, the names numerous notorious personalities of our city were inscribed into the eternity due to their perseverance and unshakeable faith in the Almightiness and Righteousness of Good God. They managed to do great things, inspiring the entire society and succeeding generations with their own example.
In this day of anniversary we hope that we will remain in unity and in Orthodox Faith, to be able to continue edifying what our predecessors started to build, so that we are made worthy of the blessing of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ!
With archpastoral blessings,
+ VLADIMIR, METROPOLITAN OF CHISINAU AND ALL MOLDOVA