‘Family means sacrifice, patience, responsibility,’ the Arges and Muscel Archbishop Calinic stressed Wednesday at the Curtea de Arges Monastery on the feast of the monastery’s holy founder, Ruler Prince Saint Neagoe Basarab.
Citing Christ’s words that ‘he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved’ (Matthew 24:13 KJV), the Archbishop of Arges noted that salvation is gained through endurance and that is how ‘a family person will be saved’.
During the Divine Liturgy celebrated on Sept. 26, Archbishop Calinic pointed to St Neagoe’s faith and determination and recalled that the holy Wallachian Ruler Prince succeeded in building the Curtea de Arges Monastery in only three years.
He added that Saint Neagoe Basarab ‘built this cathedral to honour God, the Mother of God, but also his own mother.’
‘What a gift,’ the Archbishop exclaimed saying that it was almost impossible to build such an architectural beauty in such a short time.
‘What force this country had! What a faith! I truly believe that the works of the Romanian Ruler Princes were supported if not by God Himself with His own hands, by the angels in heaven,’ His Eminence said.
In his speech, the archbishop read out a passage of St Neagoe Basarab’s teachings to his son Teodosie.
In addition, His Eminence urged the believers to attend the referendum on marriage definition that will take place on October 6-7.
Saint Neagoe Basarab
The right-believing Ruler Prince Neagoe Basarab of Wallachia (1512-1521) was glorified by the Romanian Orthodox Church in 2008, and officially proclaimed a saint during a canonization ceremony held at Curtea de Arges on Sept. 26, 2009, in the presence of Patriarch Daniel.
On that occasion, St Neagoe Basarab was also declared as patron saint of the Curtea de Arges Monastery.
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