Over 1,800,000 Romanians celebrate their name day on Thursday

Over 1,800,000 Romanians celebrate their name day on Thursday , according to a release of the Interior Ministry. Out of the 1,836,266 Romanians who bear the names Constantin and Elena, 1,180,697 are women while 655,596 are men.
The Bucharest-based Cathedral of the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) Patriarchy celebrates its saint patrons Constantine and Helen, on Thursday May 21.
Patriarch Daniel and a group of hierarchs and priests will officiate the holy liturgy, on the occasion, Romanian Patriarchy sources inform.
The relics of St. Emperor Constantine and St. Empress Helen and of St. Pious Demetrius the New, the saint patron of Bucharest city, will be placed under a canopy outside the Cathedral for the believers to worship them, all Thursday long.
The Bucharest-based Patriarchal Cathedral, the Patriarchal Palace and the Patriarch’s residence date back to mid 18th c. It was Patriarch Macary of Antioch and All Orient who consecrated the Church whose patron saints were St. Emperor Constantine and St. Empress Helen, in 1658. It was first painted in 1665 during the rule of Prince Radu Leon, who according to the documents written at his royal court, on June 8, 1668, decided that the monastery should become a Metropolitan residence.
When the Romanian Orthodox Church (BOR) was ranked a Patriarchy in 1925, the metropolitan residence became a bishopal one and the Metropolitan Church became a Patriarchal Cathedral.
During times the buildings were enlarged and underwent several changes. The Cathedral was refurbished to its initial shape over 1960-1962 on the initiative of Patriarch Justinian Marina. It was built after the architectural design of the Curtea de Arges Monastery.
The church was rehabilitated and re-consecrated on the day of St. Demetrius the Myrrh Bearer, and its façade was decorated with new mosaics but its look did not significantly change. In end-September, the Cathedral got four new GPS-controlled bells made in Innsbruck, Austria.
The rehabilitation costs are expected to exceed 1 million euros and the money is to come from donations and funds of the Ministry of Culture and Religious Affairs.
The Patriarchal Cathedral shelters the tombs of four of the five BOR Patriarchs Romania had, namely the first Patriarch Miron Cristea (1925-1939) and his successors Nicodim Munteanu (1939- 1948) and Iustin Moisescu (1977-1986).
The last Patriarch buried in the Cathedral was Teoctist, who died on July 31, 2007. Patriarch Justinian Marina (1948-1977) is buried at Radu Voda Monastery in Bucharest.
The Orthodox Church of Cyprus presented former Patriarch Teoctist small pieces of the relics of St. Emperor Constantine and St. Empress Helen, the Cathedral’s saint patrons, in 2002.
Over one million Romanians, 400,000 of them men and almost 700,000 women bear the name of Constantine or Elena (Helen), 2008 year’s statistics say.


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