Memorial services for King Mihai I were officiated in Romanian Orthodox churches in the kingdoms of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe informs in a press statement.Bishop Macarie Dragoi of the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe sent condolences to the Royal Family of Romania, urging the clerics and the faithful to pray for King Mihai, who left this life for the afterlife on December 5, 2017.
"Let us thank King Mihai for his noble, discreet, dignified presence among us and pray for his soul repose. We ought, at this time, to do some spiritual soul-searching to what royalty meant to us, Romanians, but also to historical tragedies which directly involved Romania and King Mhai. Let us remember that the historical motto of Romanian kings was "Nihil sine Deo" [Nothing without God - ed.n.], the bishop preached during Wednesday's Liturgy in the Romanian parish church "Saint George" in Stockholm.
"Let us also remember King Mihai's and Queen Anne's noble, distinguished posture, blending naturally with the openness, delicacy and warmth they manifested towards their country's simple folk people. /.../ WE should also remember history's tragedies that marked King Mihai's life and our lives too: the world war, the country's tear, the dark communist era, the exile, the hard return after 1989. All these trials were overcome with dignity and self-control, with great faith in what we are and what we can be as a country, as a nation.King Mihai is perhaps the only, perhaps, who could authentically inspire us confidence in our future, through his attitude and conviction, because he sincerely believed in us and in this nation's potential," Macarie Dragoi underscored, as quoted in the press statement released by the Romanian Orthodox Diocese of Northern Europe.