As every year, a queue was formed at the relics of Saint Parascheva, but the gust of close believers did not scare Dan Negru. The television man published on the social network a photo taken in the middle of the night in Iasi.
Queue at the relics of Saint Parascheva. The TV presenter was also in Iasi last year
Thousands of believers who endured the low temperatures to pray for health gathered at the gates of the Pious Parascheva Metropolitan Cathedral. Dan Negru did not arrive at the Metropolitan Cathedral by chance. The television man was in Iasi last year as well. Then he was recognized by a believer in the crowd.
“Where there are two or three, gathered in My name, there I am in their midst! (Matthew 18:20)”, is the description made by Dan Negru in the photo.
Orthodox Christians celebrate Saint Pious Parascheva, the protector of Moldova, on Wednesday.
This morning, thousands of believers attended the liturgy officiated on a raised stage in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral of Iasi. High prelates from neighboring Orthodox countries will also attend the Mass. This year, along with the relics of Saint Pious Parascheva, pilgrims will be able to honor the relics of St. Mary Magdalene (placed in a chest containing a fragment of the wood of the Holy Cross) and the relics of St. John Chrysostom.
Queue at the relics of Saint Parascheva. 120,000 people worshiped at the cathedral in Iasi
The number of those who passed by the relics these days would have risen to 120,000, say the organizers. Saint Parascheva was born in the 11th century, in the village of Epivat in Thrace, on the shores of the Marmara Sea, near Constantinople (now Istanbul).
It is said that when she was 10 years old, the Pious Parascheva heard in a church the words of the Savior: “Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34 ). These words cause her to give her clothes to the poor. She died very young, around the age of 27, without anyone knowing about her holiness. It happened, however, after many years, that a sailor was buried near her, and in this way the holy incorrupt relics were discovered.
Since then, the relics of the Pious Parascheva have made a real pilgrimage through all the Balkans, finally stopping in Moldavia, in 1641, when the ruler Vasile Lupu brought them to Iasi. Since then, the Pious Parascheva is in Romania and gave birth to one of the most important pilgrimages in all of Europe.