Nine months without Abp Pimen: His remembrance heals us from the pain of separation

Archbishop Pimen was remembered on Sunday, February 21, 2021, at Sihăstria Putnei Monastery and at the Archdiocesan Cathedral in Suceava. Nine months have passed since his repose in the Lord, and his remembrance heals us from the pain of separation, said the Abbess of Voroneț Monastery at the end of the memorial service officiated by Assistant Bishop Damaschin of Dorna.

The Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Suceava and Radauti celebrated the Divine Liturgy and a memorial service, followed by a Trisagion at the tomb of the former Archbishop of Suceava.

“Eternal memory is not only made by God. It’s up to us. We cannot make an eternal memory, but we can contribute to this remembrance becoming eternal,” His Grace said.

“Let’s talk to others who did not know, or, unfortunately, forget too quickly who was the one who passed to the Lord: how he was, how he taught us, how he guided us, what he left us and what he would like us to be today.”

Bp Damaschin evoked the personality of Archbishop Pimen: “You know very well that His Eminence did not like to be praised. (…) An old man with a white beard, always in clean but humble clothes. He didn’t stand out at all. If someone had not known that he is the Archbishop of Suceava and Radauti, they would have said that he is a simple monk.”

The prayer at Sihăstria Putnei was attended by abbots and abbesses from the archdiocese, representatives from the Diocesan Centre and many believers.

“It is also a therapy to participate in these services so that we can heal ourselves from the separation with someone dear,” Stavrophore Gabriela Platon, Abbess of Voroneț Monastery, told Trinitas TV.

Photography courtesy of Putna Monastery

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