Synodal Tomos on the canonization of Venerable Saints Neophyte and Meletios from Stânişoara Monastery and Daniel and Misael from Turnu Monastery

Synodal Tomos of Canonization no. 1/2016, approved by the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church through its decision ref. no. 2212/25.02.2016, and made public today, 28 September 2016, in the church of Saint Anthimos – Troianu Monastery, dedicated to the Life-giving Spring:

The Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church,

To the most beloved clergy, the monastics and the true believing Christians in the Romanian Patriarchate,

Grace, mercy and peace from God, and from Us, hierarchical blessings!

 

Blessed and praiseworthy is to honour the memory of those who fell asleep into the Lord in holiness, who gained confidence from God for their devout life full of good deeds. The Most Holy Trinity has foreseen from eternity that they will grow in the likeness of God, partaking of the light of the grace of the Holy Spirit and numbering them in the Church of the first-born, in the ranks of saints. Our Saviour Jesus Christ says about them that because they have listened to His word, they have become “His friends” (John 15:16). The Church honours these saints with praises and hymns, as the God-inspired Prophet Daniel says: But your friends, o God, were greatly honoured by me, exceedingly were strengthened their beginnings (Psalm 139:17, ABP Strongs). The saints have truly fulfilled God’s word and will, as we read in the Psalms: “As for the saints who are on the earth, They are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight” (Psalm 16:3).

Among Godʼs chosen ones are numbered the Venerable Fathers from the hermitages of Stânişoara and Turnu: Neophyte and Meletios from Stânişoara Monastery and Daniel and Misael from Turnu Monastery. These great ascetics and lovers of God from Cozia Monastery – foundation of the renown Ruler Prince Mircea the Great, after dedicating entirely to anchorite life and reaching perfection – received from the Holy Spirit the gift of counsel and of spiritual guiding on the path to salvation. Being experienced labourers of the prayer of the heart, they have been honoured together with the great hesychasts of Romanian monasticism, being also named hermits. Thus, they remained in the living memory of the Church, in the devoted memory of hierarchs, priests, monastics and lay people, as examples of sacrificial love, of restraint, humbleness and diligent spiritual guidance.

Our Humbleness, at the proposal of the Metropolitan Synod of the Holy Metropolis of Oltenia, together with all the members of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church, observing the life well-pleasing to God of these Blessed Saints and Venerable Fathers, who have hallowed and embellished the land of Oltenia, taking into account their praiseworthy diligence towards prayer and in the defence of true faith, and pursuing the spiritual benefit of the Orthodox people bearing the name of Christ, following the holy tradition of the Orthodox Church, on a canonical and synodal basis, calling the help of the grace of the Most Holy, Consubstantial, Life-giving and Undivided Trinity,

WE DECIDE

That from now on and unto eternity the Venerable Saints Neophyte and Meletios from Stânişoara Monastery, with feast day on September 3rd, and Daniel and Misael from Turnu Monastery, with feast day on October 5th, be numbered among the Saints of the Church and be commemorated and honoured with hymns of praise on their feast days.

We also decide, in the Holy Spirit, that the priests, monastics and lay faithful of our Church receive, with piety, the lives, services and icons of the Venerable Saints Neophyte and Meletios from Stânişoara Monastery, and Daniel and Misael from Turnu Monastery.

In order to establish completely what we have decided synodically and canonically, we reinforce with our signatures this Synodal Tomos on the canonization of the Venerable Saints Neophyte and Meletios from Stânişoara Monastery, and Daniel and Misael from Turnu Monastery, bringing it to the knowledge of the clergy and all the faithful of the Romanian Patriarchate.

This canonization Synodal Tomos is proclaimed today, 28 September, the year of salvation 2016, in the church of the Holy Monastery of Saint Anthimos, Troianu neighbourhood in Râmnicu Vâlcea, dedicated to the Life-giving Spring and the Holy Hieromartyr Anthimos the Ivirite.

May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all!

President of the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church

 D a n i e l

Archbishop of Bucharest,

Metropolitan of Muntenia and Dobrudja, Locum tenens of  the throne of Caesarea of Cappadocia, and

Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church

  

Teofan

Archbishop of Iaşi and Metropolitan of Moldavia and Bukovina

  

Laurenţiu

Archbishop of Sibiu and Metropolitan of Transylvania

 

†Andrei

Archbishop of Vad, Feleac and Cluj and

Metropolitan of Cluj, Maramureş and Sălaj

  

Irineu

Archbishop of Craiova and Metropolitan of Oltenia

 

  

 Ioan

Archbishop of Timişoara and Metropolitan of  Banat

   

Petru

Archbishop of Chişinău, Metropolitan of Bessarabia and Exarch of the Territories

  

 

Iosif

Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Western Europe and Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of Western and Southern Europe

   

 

Serafim

Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of Germany, Austria and Luxembourg, and Romanian Orthodox Metropolitan of  Germany, Central and Northern EuropeNord

  

Nifon

Hon Metropolitan,

Archbishop of Târgovişte and Patriarchal Exarch

  

Teodosie

Archbishop of Tomis

  

Pimen

Archbishop of Suceava and Rădăuţi

  

Irineu

Archbishop of Alba Iulia

  

Varsanufie

Archbishop of Râmnic

  

Ioachim

Archbishop of Roman and Bacău

  

 

Calinic

Archbishop of Argeş and Muscel

  

 

Ciprian

Archbishop of Buzău and Vrancea

  

Casian

Archbishop of Lower Danube

  

Timotei

Archbishop of Arad

  

 

Nicolae

Romanian Orthodox Archbishop of the Americas

  

 

Justinian

Hon Archbishop, Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Maramureş and Sătmar

  

 

Corneliu

Bishop of Huşi

  

 

Lucian

Bishop of Caransebeş

  

 

Sofronie

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Oradea

  

 

Nicodim

Bishop of Severin and Strehaia

  

Vincenţiu

Bishop of Slobozia and Călăraşi

  

Andrei

Bishop of Covasna and Harghita

  

Galaction

Bishop of Alexandria and Teleorman

  

Ambrozie

Bishop of Giurgiu

  

Sebastian

Bishop of Slatina and Romanaţi

  

Visarion

Bishop of Tulcea

  

Petroniu

Bishop of Sălaj

  

Gurie

Bishop of Deva and Hunedoara

  

Daniil

Locum tenens of the Diocese of Dacia Felix (Serbia)

  

Siluan

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Hungary

  

Siluan

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Italy

  

Timotei

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Spain and Portugal

  

Macarie

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Northern Europe

  

Mihail

Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Australia and New Zealand

  

Varlaam of Ploieşti

Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch

  

Ieronim of Sinaia

Assistant Bishop to the Patriarch

  

Timotei of Prahova

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Bucharest

  

Calinic of Botoşani

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Iaşi

  

Ilarion of Făgăraşi

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Sibiu

  

Vasile of Someş

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Vad, Feleac and Cluj

  

Paisie of Lugoj

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Timişoara

  

Antonie of Orhei

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Chişinău

 Marc of Neamţ

Assistant Bishop to the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Western Europe

 Sofian of Braşov

Assistant Bishop to the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of Germany, Austria and Luxembourg

  

Emilian of Lovişte

Assistant Bishop to the Archdiocese of Râmnic

  

Ioan Casian of Vicina

Assistant Bishop to the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of the Americas

  

Iustin of Sighet

Assistant hierarch to the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Maramureş and Sătmari

  

Ignatie of Mureş

Assistant hierarch to the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Spain and Portugal

 

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