His Beatitude Daniel, Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church, received Saturday the folk Ansemble Gura Izvorului (Source of Spring) from Vatra Moldoviţei, Suceava County, in Europa Christiana Hall of the Palace of the Patriarchate.
Also attended the hierarchs who earlier concelebrated the Divine Liturgy at the Patriarchal Cathedral on the name day of His Beatitude.
According to Radio Trinitas, Patriarch Daniel focused his speech on the fact that young carollers are missionaries of Romanian traditions.
These children and young people are missionaries. Sometimes, he said, mission carried out through singing remains more intense in the soul, than mission delivered through preaching. He went on saying that the word of the Gospel must be combined with church chanting, but also with folk singing coming from faith.
He expressed his joy for receiving the group of carollers, saying that especially people from Bukovina and Maramureş preserve Romanian customs and traditions. His Beatitude also noted that they come every year to Bucharest and reveal Romanian communion manifested in the beauty of faith and folk tradition.
In the end, the young people received the patriarchal blessing of His Beatitude Daniel.