Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova conducted the celebration of Great-Martyr George the Victory-bearer on Thursday, 6 May 2021, at the Monastery of Capriana.
The monastery’s Church of St. George, built in 1905, celebrated today its Patron Feast.
The Divine Service was officiated by His Eminence Vladimir, Metropolitan of Chisinau and all Moldova.
Concelebrating to the arch-pastor were: H.G. Ioan, Bishop of Soroca and Metropolitan Vicar, H.G. Siluan, Bishop of Orhei and Metropolitan Vicar, archpriest Vadim Cheibas, secretary of the Synod of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, archimandrite Filaret (Cuzmin), Monk-Superior of the monastery of Capriana, and numerous clergy.
Liturgical responses were provided by the men’s choir of Capriana Monastery.
Numerous guests were present at the celebration: Mr. Bogdan Cheorghiu, Minister of Culture of Romania, Mrs. Lilia Pogolsa, Minister of Education, Culture, and Research of the Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Monica Babuc, Member of Parliament of the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Daniel Ionita, Ambassador of Romania in the Republic of Moldova, Mr. Petru Mihalko, Ambassador of the EU in the Republic of Moldova, Mrs. Lacrimioara Stratulat, Director of Museum Complex “Moldova” of Iasi, Mrs. Maria Geba, Project Manager at EnCaMo, Iasi, Mr. Gheorghe Postica, PhD and ex vice-minister, and Mr. Ion Scutaru, Mayor of Capriana community.
After the Liturgy, the Museum of Capriana Monastery “Holy Hierarch Gavriil” was inaugurated and consecrated.
The museum houses items recovered in 2016 from the crypt of Metropolitan Gavriil Banulescu-Bodoni. Archeological vestiges were restored in Iasi and are exposed in premier.
Hierarch Gavriil pastured the Church in Basarabia during 1812-1821, where he founded the Diocese of Chisinau and Hotin. The hierarch established a Theological Seminary and the first printing press in Chisinau issuing books in Romanian for the churches in Basarabia and Hotin region.
After the inauguration ceremony, the participants visited the exhibition Recovering unique ecclesiastic patrimony of Capriana Monastery.
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