The Holy Hierarch Callinicus of Cernica (+1868)
The Holy Hierarch Calinic from Cernica Monastery was one of the great spiritual fathers of the 19th century in Romania. His importance remains about his own life like a monk dedicated to the ascetic life, as a bishop, dedicated to the life as shepherd of his sheeps and as political man, who could stand in front of the secularization politics in his times. His life was described in detail by Archimandrite Athanasius Baldovin, one of his disciples, monk in the Monastery of Cernica, only a few kilometers far from Bucharest.
He was born in Bucharest, on 7th October 1787, from the the noble family of the very believer Christians Anthony and Floarea (translated as: Flower; his mother became also a nun as Filothea, at her old age, at the Monastery Pasărea (=bird), near Bucharest). He had a good education in one of the schools that existed then in Bucharest, near a church, maybe at St. George church or Colţea. The atmosphere of prayer and Christian living in the family, have influenced the inner life of the young Constantine, as he was called after his baptism. Therefore, in March 1807, so before he was 20, came to Cernica Monastery near Bucharest, where he maybe have already often came to attend services and listen to the sermon of the abbot George († 1806), also a big saint and scholar of St. Paisius Velichicovski, the renewer of the monastical life in Romania, in the 18th Century, the one who brought the athmosphere from Mount Athos in the all Eastern Space. The following year, his confessor, Pimen, asked the abbot Timothy to give to the young Constantine the "angelic face of monasticism." Thus, on 12th November 1808, the young monk is named Calinic (the Romanian form for the greek Calinikos – the good victorious).
After a month at St. Nicholas Church of Cernica, the Bishop Sofronie from Vratsa (Bulgarian), refugee in Bucharest because of the Turks, ordained him as hierodeacon. Guided by its spiritual father, began a life of harsh religious endeavors, with fasting, prayer, work, readings from Scripture or from the works of the Fathers and ecclesiastical writers. In 1812 he was sent to Neamt monastery together with his spiritual father, to collect aid for rebuilding St. Nicholas church, destroyed by an earthquake. In 1813, he was consecrated hieromonk by the Bishop Dionysius Lupu the future of the metropolitan of Wallachia, and after two years he was ordained and appointed confessor of his convent, than big Ecclesiarch (the responsible with the good making of the holy services). In 1817 he went to Mount Athos, where he spent nearly a year, succeeding to know closely the religious life there, and to collect teachings that will be useful in the later labors.
The first visit of
IPS MITROPOLIT NICOLAE
at ST. Callinicus of Cernica
10 JUNE , 2017
HOLY LITURGY WITH HIS EMINENCE
Sunday 14 APRIL , 2019
HIS EMINENCE METROPOLITAN NICOLAE’ VISIT
“The church remains the place of all meaningful things, created by the genius of our nation which endured over the ages.”
Christ is risen! Christ is in our midst!
Following these words of great Romanian historian Nicolae Iorga, St. Callinicus of Cernica Romanian Orthodox Mission from Fredericksburg VA, with great joy extends an invitation to you and your parishioners to join us in a wonderful and expected first hierarchical visit of our Metropolitan, His Eminence Dr. Nicolae Condrea, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas on Saturday April 28, 2018. We will celebrate the Festal Divine Liturgy followed by enjoyable fellowship on saturday precisely to provide us with the opportunity to celebrate together with brother clergy from Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia area, and rejoice with our brothers and sisters from area parishes. We take heart in the assurance of the Psalmist David who exclaims "How good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity." (Psalm 133:1)
As we do not yet have our own place of worship, we are grateful to our sister parish, “Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church” located at 12326 Spotswood Furnance Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407 for welcoming us in their beautiful church.
The Divine Liturgy preparation will begin at 9.30am and the festal meal fellowship will follow. His Eminence Metropolitan NICOLAE will visit our mission that day and will preside at the Divine Liturgy. His Eminence is the Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Archdiocese of United States of America and Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas and an active member Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America. He is the head of the Committee for Canonical Regional Planning and Liaison Bishop to IOCC of the Assembly. Will be His Eminence first pastoral visit to Northern Virginia’ Romanian Community. More information about His Eminence at www.romarch.org
We at St. Callinicus of Cernica Romanian Orthodox Mission are truly excited to host all of you with our traditional Romanian hospitality. We hope and pray that you will join us and encourage your parishioners to attend. White or Gold color vestments are fine.
With brotherly love in Christ,
Fr. Daniel Ene
Eparchial Secretary of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas and Administrator of St. Callinicus of Cernica Romanian Orthodox Mission from Fredericksburg VA
PS: If you consider it appropriate we would appreciate placing the announcement below in your Sunday bulleting.
Christ is risen! St. Callinicus of Cernica Romanian Orthodox Mission from Fredericksburg VA invites the entire Orthodox Christian community of our region to the joyful celebration of second hierarchical visit of our Metropolitan, His Eminence Dr. Nicolae Condrea, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas on Saturday, April 28, 2018 at “Nativity of the Theotokos Greek Orthodox Church” located at 12326 Spotswood Furnance Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22407. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy preparation begins at 9.30 am followed by the festal meal offered by our hospitable congregation. The Divine Liturgy will be presided by His Eminence Metropolitan NICOLAE, Metropolitan of the Romanian Orthodox Metropolia of the Americas. (www.romarch.org)
We anxiously look forward to hosting you! Come and see!
St. Callinicus of Cernica Romanian Orthodox Mission, Fredericksburg VA