Dialogue with the Young Orthodox People at Caraiman Monastery. Patriarch of Romania: the True Joy Is Generated by Prayer

The true joy is generated by prayer, the Patriarch of Romania told the young people present at “Tradition and Novelty” camp organised at Caraiman Monastery. The meeting of the 46 young people with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel took place Thursday, 28 July 2016, at the Social – Pastoral Centre of the “Holy Cross” – Caraiman – Raluca Mihalache, from Trinitas TV informs. His Beatitude blessed them, delivered a sermon for them, and invited them to the Orthodox Youth Meeting from All Over the World to be held at the beginning of September.

The Orthodox Youth Meeting from All Over the World has a main theme which is “Jesus Christ – the Joy of Life”. It is very important that the preparation for the meeting of Bucharest should be done in an atmosphere of joy, as well as on the backdrop of the deeper revelation of the source of joy which is Jesus Christ”, the Patriarch of Romania said.

Joy is the essence of the Christian life, acquired through prayer, His Beatitude also underlined:

Whenever we see people standing long at the religious celebrations, much light and joy on their faces, we are surprised to see how much patience they have. They have this patience because after a while they start feeling peace and joy, resting in the peace and joy of their meeting with Christ. And this is the secret of the Christian life even in time of trial. Saint Paul the Apostle says: “In all our troubles my joy knows no bounds” (2 Cor 7:4) which means that joy is the very presence of Christ in the soul of the faithful who is praying. When we do no longer have joy we must wonder why we do not still have it or why we have not tried to get it. The true joy is generated by prayer. This is why Saint Paul the Apostle says in the Epistle to the Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”. Saint Paul also shows us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17) how to get joy: “Rejoice always” and then adds “Pray continually” showing how joy can be reached.

Because the theme of the Orthodox young people from all over the world is “Jesus Christ – Joy of Life”, His Beatitude urged the young ones present to read the Akatistos of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, till the event at beginning of September.

In today’s world there is much agitation and little inner peace; it is much turmoil and little joy, so that the Church should bring joy, through her services and activities, to all faithful, not only to the young ones. This is the essence of the Christian life. This is why I urge you to read, during the time left till you arrive in Bucharest, at the beginning of September, as preparation for this beautiful theme (Jesus Christ – Joy of Life), the Akatistos of Jesus Christ, our Lord, if not every day, at least once a week. The inheritance of eternal life is the essence of Christian life and source of happiness for a young man. The more you sing and pray the more you feel you are loved by God and the man loved by God transmits love and creates Paradise around him.

In the end, the young people present received presents on behalf of His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.

Dialogue with the Young Orthodox People at Caraiman Monastery. Patriarch of Romania: the True Joy is Generated by Prayer

The true joy is generated by prayer, the Patriarch of Romania told the young people present at “Tradition and Novelty” camp organised at Caraiman Monastery. The meeting of the 46 young people with His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel took place Thursday, 28 July 2016, at the “Holy Cross” Social – Pastoral Centre – Caraiman, Raluca Mihalache, from TRINITAS TV informs. His Beatitude blessed them, delivered a sermon for them, and invited them to the Orthodox Youth Meeting from All Over the World to be held at the beginning of September.

The Orthodox Youth Meeting from All Over the World has a main theme which is “Jesus Christ – the Joy of Life”. It is very important that the preparation for the meeting in Bucharest should be done in an atmosphere of joy, as well as on the framework of the deeper revelation of the source of joy which is Jesus Christ”, the Patriarch of Romania said.

Joy is the essence of Christian life, acquired through prayer, His Beatitude also underlined:

Whenever we see people standing long at religious celebrations, much light and joy on their faces, we are surprised to see how much patience they have. They have this patience because after a while they start feeling peace and joy, resting in the peace and joy of their meeting with Christ. And this is the secret of Christian life even in time of trial. Saint Paul the Apostle says: “I am overjoyed in all our troubles” (2 Corinthians 7:4) which means that joy is the very presence of Christ in the soul of the faithful who is praying. When we do no longer have joy we must wonder why we do not still have it or why we have not tried to have it. True joy is generated by prayer. This is why Saint Paul the Apostle says in the Epistle to the Philippians 4:4: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!”. Saint Paul also shows us (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17) how to acquire joy: “Rejoice always” and then immediately adds “Continually be prayerful” showing how joy can be reached.

Because the theme of the meeting of the Orthodox young people from all over the world is “Jesus Christ – Joy of Life”, His Beatitude urged the young ones present to read the Akatistos of Jesus Christ, our Saviour, in the rest of the time until the event at beginning of September.

In today’s world there is much agitation and little inner peace; it is much turmoil and little joy; therefore the Church should bring joy, through its services and activities, to all faithful, not only to the young ones. This is the essence of Christian life. This is why I urge you to read, during the time left until you arrive in Bucharest, at the beginning of September, as preparation for this beautiful theme (Jesus Christ – Joy of Life), the Akatistos of Jesus Christ, our Lord, if not every day, at least once a week. The inheritance of eternal life is the essence of Christian life and source of happiness for a young person. The more you sing and pray the more you feel you are loved by God and the person who is loved by God transmits love and creates Paradise around him.

At the end, the young people present received gifts from His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel.

 

 

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