“It’s not the number of years that matters, but the use of time”: Patriarch Daniel on his 14th enthronement anniversary

“It’s not the number of years that matters so much, but the use of time to glorify God and help others,” Patriarch Daniel said Thursday at the end of the Thanksgiving service marking the 14th anniversary of his enthronement as Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church.

Marking his fourteenth enthronement anniversary on Sept. 30, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel recalled the words of St. Basil the Great, who said that “it does not matter the number of good deeds, but the humble love with which they were performed.”

“Therefore, we must perform all church activities with love for God and our neighbours. And then we have the joy of working with God in His Church,” Patriarch Daniel explained.

“We first thank God for all the work of the Church done in communion, not alone, but together with the clergy and the people, with all the church institutions, as well as in cooperation with the state institutions, which have often helped us both in the activity in the country, as well as in the pastoral ministry in the Romanian diaspora,” the Patriarch of Romania said, mentioning “the help offered for the continuation of the construction, painting and endowment works of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral aka the National Cathedral.”

The Te Deum service was officiated at the outdoor altar of the Patriarchal Cathedral by His Grace Varlaam of Ploiesti, patriarchal auxiliary bishop and general secretary of the Holy Synod.

Participants included the patriarchal auxiliary bishop Ieronim of Sinaia, the Assistant Bishop to the Bucharest Archdiocese Timotei of Prahova, Secretary of State for Religious Affairs Victor Opaschi, Counselor to the Minister of Education Romeo Mosoiu and the members of the Standing National Church Council and the diocesan council of the Bucharest Archdiocese.

Photography courtesy of Basilica.ro / Mircea Florescu

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