Patriarch Daniel consecrates Oradea Orthodox Cathedral to mark 340 years since the diocese’s first documentary attestation

His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel consecrated the “Resurrection of the Lord” Diocesan Cathedral in Oradea on Sunday. The service was part of a series of events celebrating the 340th anniversary of the first documentary attestation of the Diocese of Oradea, 325 years since the diocese and its hierarch were mentioned in the Diploma of the Austrian Emperor Leopold I and 100 years since the re-establishment of the diocese after the Great Union.

On this occasion, the Patriarch of Romania made a canonical visit to the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Oradea.

The day began with the Divine Liturgy presided over by His Eminence Metropolitan Laurențiu of Transylvania, in the new place of worship located near the walls of the old Oradea Fortress.

Metropolitan Laurentiu during the Divine Liturgy inside the new Orthodox Cathedral in Oradea. Photo: / Mircea Florescu

At 11:00, Patriarch Daniel officiated the consecration service of the new Diocesan Cathedral, having as concelebrants 20 other hierarchs. The holy place is dedicated to the “Resurrection of the Lord” and Saint Andrew Saguna, Metropolitan of Transylvania.

Among the participants in the event was the former football player Mihai Neșu. Photo: / Mircea Florescu

The new Orthodox cathedral in Oradea is the fulfilment of the efforts of the hierarchs who pastored the diocese, starting with Roman Ciorogariu, the founding Bishop of the reactivated Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Oradea (1920-1936). The foundation stone was laid by Patriarch Teoctist Arăpaşu of blessed memory in 1995.

Photography courtesy of / Mircea Florescu

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