His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel celebrated Sunday, July 22, his 67th birthday by presiding over the Divine Liturgy at the Stavropegic Monastery of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Techirghiol, Constanța County.
Concelebrants for the Divine Liturgy included members of the Metropolitan Synod, Archbishop Casian of Lower Danube, Bishop Visarion of Tulcea, the secretary of the Holy Synod, Bishop Varlaam of Ploiesti, and the Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest, Bishop Timotei of Prahova.
Following the Divine Liturgy and the Te Deum service, the Patriarch was presented with an icon depicting the Mother of God.
The Archbishop of Lower Danube conveyed birthday greetings to His Beatitude, referring to the life and ministry of Patriarch Daniel in the Romanian Orthodox Church.
Abp. Casian pointed to the Patriarch’s patron saints, Prophets Elijah and Daniel.
His Eminence noted that the patriarch was coordinated during his education by ‘the glorious star of Romanian Theology’, Father Dumitru Staniloae.
He added that Patriarch Daniel placed every work under the providence of the All Holy Trinity.
‘Everything in the words of Your Beatitude is the merciful love of the All Holy Trinity, light and grace, a merciful love multiplied in front of the Holy Altar at the Divine Liturgy, which you always taught us to combine with philanthropy,’ His Eminence Abp Casian said.
At the end, His Beatitude Patriarch Daniel thanked the hierarchs, the clergy and the believers for the best wishes and offered several books and natural frankincense from Oman to the Techirghiol Monastery.
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Photography courtesy of Mircea Florescu / Basilica.ro