Patriarch Daniel attended the annual Christmas Carol Concert on Monday evening at the Palace of the Patriarchate in Bucharest in honour of His Beatitude’s patron Saint, the Holy Prophet Daniel.
Romania’s Minister of National Education joined the event by the Romanian Patriarchate’s Nicolae Lungu mixed voice choir and the Tronos Byzantine choir of the Patriarchal Cathedral.
At the end of the concert, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel addressed those present noting that Christmas carols are ‘an expression of the unity of faith and nation.’
‘In all Romanian provinces, carols have always been a way of cultivating the faith in the Incarnation of the Son of God, preached on these territories beginning with St Andrew the First-Called, Protector of Romania,’ His Beatitude said Dec. 17.
‘The old Romanian carols include the carol of Saint Andrew, which is very popular in the regions of Dobrudja and Muntenia, but also in other parts of the country,’ the Patriarch added.
On this occasion, the Patriarch of Romania was congratulated on his name day, being presented with flowers on behalf of the Basilica Media Centre, the organizer of the event entitled ‘The Orient from on high’.
Photography courtesy of Mircea Florescu / Basilica.ro