On Sunday, over 6,000 young people participating in the 2017 International Orthodox Youth Meeting prayed together with several hierarchs during the Divine Liturgy celebrated in Iasi.
His Eminence Andreas, Metropolitan of Arkalochori, Kastelli and Viannos, the delegate of His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, presided over the Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sept. 3. Concelebrants for the Divine Liturgy included:
- His Eminence Demetrios, Metropolitan of Irenopolis (Patriarchate of Alexandria);
- His Eminence Teofan, Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina,
- His Eminence Pimen, Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuți;
- His Eminence Ioachim, Archbishop of Roman and Bacău;
- His Eminence Casian, Archbishop of Lower Danube,
- His Eminence Naum, Metropolitan of Ruse (Bulgarian Patriarchate),
- His Eminence Nicholas, Metropolitan of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo (Patriarchate of Georgia),
- His Grace Macarie, Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe,
- His Grace Grzegorz, Bishop of Supraśl (Polish Orthodox Church),
- His Grace Qais, Bishop of Erzurum and vicar to the Patriarch of Antioch,
- His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Amathus and assistant to the Metropolis of Limassol (Orthodox Church of Cyprus),
- His Grace Damaschin of Dorna, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Rădăuți,
- His Grace Antonie of Orhei, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Chișinău,
- His Grace Emilian of Crișana, Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Arad.
During the divine service, His Eminence Andreas read out the message of His Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew addressing the participants in the Iași Orthodox Youth Meeting.
The festive meeting of Orthodox Christian youth, organized by the Romanian Orthodox Church, represents an important church event, even more so as it was pointed out in the Message of the Holy and Great Council, “the Orthodox Church addresses herself to young people who seek for a plenitude of life replete with freedom, justice, creativity and also love. She invites them to join themselves consciously with the Church of Him who is Truth and Life. To come, offering to the ecclesial body their vitality, their anxieties, their concerns and their expectations. Young people are not only the future but also the dynamic and creative present of the Church, both on a local and on a worldwide level.”
The same day, a Youth March was held on the streets of Iași.