His Beatitude Rastislav, Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia, arrived in Romania on Thursday. This is His Beatitude’s first visit to Romania as Head of the Czech and Slovak Church and it takes place during the celebrations marking the feast of Saint Demetrius the New, Protector of Bucharest.
The Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia with his accompanying delegation landed on the Henri Coanda International Airport in Otopeni, and were welcomed at the Airport Business Lounge by Metropolitan Laurentiu of Transylvania and staff of the Department of External Church Relations of the Romanian Patriarchate.
After being officiated a polychronion, Patriarch Daniel’s delegate, Met. Laurentiu, thanked the hierarchs of the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia for participating at the feast of the Protector Saint of Bucharest.
On Friday, His Beatitude Met. Rastislav will concelebrate the Divine Liturgy together with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, Patriarch Daniel of Romania and other hierarchs invited on this occasion.
On Sunday, October 29, Metropolitan Rastislav will preside over the Divine Liturgy celebrated on the Hill of the Patriarchate in conclusion of the events in honour of Venerable Demetrius the New.
Archbishop Rastislav of Prešov was enthroned as Primate of the Orthodox Church of Czech Lands and Slovakia in 2013. The autocephaly of the Czech and Slovak Orthodox Church was officially recognized by the Ecumenical Patriarchate in 1998, thus making it the youngest and the 14th Autocephalous Orthodox Church.