Monday, 2 May 2016, His Grace Macarie, Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe awarded the Northern Cross to Princess Margret. This is the highest distinction of the Eparchy and it was awarded as a sign of the appreciation that the Romanians living in this part of Europe, traditionally led by monarchic dynasties, wish to show to the Royal House of Romania. The hierarch has also offered Their Royal Highnesses a monographic book, with bilingual text, in Romanian and English, on a Romanian wooden church located in the South of Sweden, and two Pascal handmade towels from Bucovina region.
During the royal visit that Princess Margret and Prince Radu of Romania pay to the Kingdom of Sweden they met His Grace Macarie on the Easter day, at the Resurrection service, and the second Easter day, 2 May 2016, at the Episcopal Centre in Stockholm.
“Their Royal Highnesses, accompanied by His Excellency Mr Iulian Buga, Romanian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Sweden, were met at the entrance of the Episcopal Centre church with flowers, tricolour flags and church banners, sharing the joy of the great feast of the Resurrection of Christ, our Lord, through Paschal hymns”, the representatives of the Press Office of the Eparchy inform.
After this festive moment, His Grace Macarie received the official delegation in the old Swedish stone church of the 14th century, located near the seat of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe and at the Episcopal Residence, where the traditional Christian Paschal meal was organised together with the Romanians of the community.
Several Orthodox priests and faithful from Sweden, Norway and Denmark participated in the first Easter visit of Their Royal Highnesses to the Romanian community of Sweden.