21 April 2017 will be a day of major significance for the Romanian Orthodox Church. Five of the bells of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral will be cast at the Grassmayr Bell Foundry in Innsbruck, Austria. According to engineer Corneliu Revencu, representative of Grassmayr Bellfoundry in Romania, the five bells of the National Cathedral will weigh as follows: 3,400 kg, 1,800 kg, 1,000 kg, 750 kg, and 500 kg. The first of the six bells of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral was cast on 11 November 2016 weighing 25 tonnes. Measuring 3.3 meters high and 3.3 meters wide, the bell moulded on November 11 is the largest of the six bells of the National Cathedral in Bucharest. The bells created by the Grassmayr Bell Foundry have a 15-year warranty and a lifetime of over 400 years.
The divine liturgy on the meat- fare Sunday, the Sunday of judgment at the church of the Holy Cross, Kassaa, Damascus.
Confessor to Patriarch Kirill and Optina Pustyn Monastery Schema-Archimandrite Iliy (Nozdrin), who turned 85 on March 8, was awarded the Church order of St. Seraphim of Sarov, first degree. The primate bestowed the award upon the priest on Friday after the Presanctified Liturgy in Moscow’s Danilov Monastery “in recognition of many years of pastoral labors and in connection with his eighty-fifth birthday.” “I thank you for your prayers and your labors,” the patriarch said to his spiritual father.
At a March 16 meeting near Moscow, newly-elected Moldovan president Igor Dodon spoke with His Holiness Patriarch Kirill on the great importance of the Orthodox faith for the future of his country. The primate welcomed the president to his residence in Peredelkino just outside of Moscow, congratulating him on his election in November 2016, reports the site of the Moscow Patriarchate.
On March 11 in the Church of St. Romanos the Melodist, in the tomb of the Romanov boyars, the vicar of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill and deputy abbot of Moscow’s Novospassky Monastery Bishop Sava of Voskresensk blessed an icon of Holy Hierarch and Confessor Luke (Voino-Yasenetsky) the Physician of Simferopol which is to be sent to the International Space Station. The icon has since been sent to the Russian Federal Space Agency by the Institute of Biomedical Problems, and is scheduled to be sent to the space station from April till July 2017, reports the monastery’s website.