19 December 2022 (6 December in the Church calendar), numerous church-goers participated in the Divine Liturgy, celebrating the Feast of Holy Hierarch Nicholas of Myra in Likia. Metropolitan Vladimir of Chisinau and all Moldova conducted the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in the Nativity of the Lord Cathedral in Chisinau, assisted by archpriest Vadim Cheibas, Cathedral Dean, and numerous priests and deacons of the holy place.
Thanks-Giving Te-Deum Laudamus service was officiated after the Liturgy, and the liturgical community thanked God for all mercy, praying for the intercession of Holy Hierarch Nicholas.
Metropolitan Vladimir addressed a message of greeting and spiritual guidance, speaking about the life and faith of St. Nicholas. The arch-pastor mentioned that he has special spiritual bond to St. Nicholas, whose name was given to him as a child at baptismal. His Eminence shared very warm recollections from childhood, connected to the traditions and church-going along with parents and grandparents in his native village. It was the church where the future metropolitan learned about the life of this kind and dear saint, his love and piety, his humbleness and faithfulness that continues to enlighten, strengthen, and inspire hope among the most desperate people, showing very special love for children.
Archpriest Vadim Cheibas, the Cathedral Dean and Metropolitan Secretary, congratulated Metropolitan Vladimir, on behalf of the Cathedral clergy and the church-goers: “Your Eminence, we know that the Feast of Holy Hierarch Nicholas is very special to you, who received at the baptismal the name of this pillar of faith and spiritual light. Since your baptismal and chrismation, St. Nicholas became your spiritual intercessor, supporting you during your life.
In this feast-day, we bow in veneration to Holy Hierarch Nicholas, praying for his support to you, offering protection and guidance, and may the Lord keep you healthy and blessed for many years ahead at the helm of the Orthodox Church of Moldova, to the glory of Christ and for the salvation of the faithful”.
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