Orthodox Romanians from the Canadian province of Quebec celebrated the Exaltation of the Holy Cross at the Diocesan Cathedral in Saint-Hubert.
The liturgical event started on the eve of the feast with the service of Vespers unified with Litia, presided by his Grace Ioan Casian, the Romanian Orthodox Bishop of Canada.
Next morning started with Matins and continued with the Divine Liturgy. Bishop Ioan Casian spoke of the theological and historical relevance of the feast, which calls upon us “to meditate on what the Cross means, as a sign of victory and as an aspect that defines our spiritual life,” His Grace said.
In the evening of the same day, the Sacrament of the Holy Anointing was also celebrated at the Cathedral, presided over by the the Bishop Ioan Casian, accompanied by a group of nine priests from around Montreal and from Ottawa.
The event took place in the presence of many faithful. Father Grigorie Țapuc brought for worship the parts of the relics of the Holy Martyr Hristina from “Saint Matthew the Apostle and Evangelist and Saint Christina” Parish in Ottawa, and Father Olimpiu Mărginean from” Holy Great Martyr Mina and the Holy Martyr Ephrem the New” Parish in Blainville brought for worship the particles of the holy relics of the patron Saints of this parish.
The patronal feast of the Diocesan Cathedral in Saint-Hubert is “Holymartyr George”.
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