His Eminence Metropolitan Ioan of Banat officiated Sunday, Sept. 9, a memorial service at the tomb of Romania’s national hero Avram Iancu in Tebea village, marking Iancu’s 146th death anniversary.
Avram Iancu was a Transylvanian Romanian lawyer who played an important role in the local chapter of the Austrian Empire Revolutions of 1848-1849.
‘The Little Prince of the Mountains’, as he was surnamed, died on September 10, 1872, and was buried according to his wish under Horea’s tree in Țebea (by tradition, the place where the Revolt of Horea, Cloșca and Crișan had started).
Avram Iancu was officially declared as a Hero of the Romanian Nation.
Concelebrant for the memorial service included Bishop Gurie of Deva and Hunedoara, and the assistant bishop to the Arad Archdiocese, His Grace Emilian of Crisana.
According to the website of the Deva Diocese, prior to the memorial service the hierarchs celebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Dormition of the Theotokos Parish in Tebea.
Addressing those present, Metropolitan Ioan of Banat evoked the personality of the national hero Avram Iancu and stressed the link between his commemoration and the 1918 Great Union Centennial.
Bishop Gurie of Deva and Hunedoara thanked the fellow hierarchs, the clergy, and all those present for ‘the joy of common prayer on this special feast day’.
Fallowing the memorial service, the hierarchs laid flowers at Avram Iancu’s tomb.
Photos by Deva & Hunedoara Diocese