The National School of Prison Wardens in Târgu Ocna, Romania, is hosting two days of celebrations dedicated to the consecration of the Church of Martyrs and Confessors of Communist Prisons.
Five hierarchs will officiate on Saturday the consecration of the church built near the prison where Valeriu Gafencu, nicknamed “the saint of prisons”, lay. The institution will also inaugurate the prison museum and a monument dedicated to the martyr prince Constantin Brâncoveanu.
The celebrations begin on Friday evening with the rededication of the institution’s chapel, followed by a concert of religious and secular music performed by Raluca Angel, the “Annunciation” parish choir of Târgu Ocna and the graduates of the School National Prison Wardens.
Five hierarchs will consecrate the Church dedicated to the martyrs and confessors of communist prisons: Archbishop Ioachim of Roman and Bacău, Patriarchal Auxiliary Bishop Varlaam of Ploiești, Archbishop Teodosie of Tomis, Bishop Andrei of Covasna and Harghita, the Auxiliary Bishop of Arad Emilian of Criș.
On these days, two reliquaries are brought from the Nechit monastery and displayed near the new church, to be honored by the faithful. They contain parts of the holy relics of the 40 Martyrs of Sebaste and parts of the relics of the Martyrs of Brâncoveanu.
Friday May 13
4:00 p.m. – The Vespers Office
16:50 – Greeting ceremony for the arrival of Bishop Andrei of Covasna and Harghita
17:00 – Reconsecration of the chapel of the National School of Prison Wardens of Târgu Ocna
19:30 – Concert of religious and secular music
Saturday May 14
08:00 – Bishop Teodosie de Tomis, celebrates the Divine Liturgy
09:30 – Sermon and religious songs by Paula Hrișcu
10:00 – Greeting ceremony for the arrival of the hierarchs
10:10 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Ceremonies of blessing, consecration and reward
- Unveiling of the sfințirea Monumentului „Sf. Voivod Constantin Brâncoveanu »
- Inauguration and blessing of the Prison Museum
- Consecration of the Church of Martyrs and Confessors of Communist Prisons (with liturgical responses given by the Psaltic Choir of the Metropolis of Moldavia)
- Awards party
- Concert of religious and secular songs with Paula Hrișcu, a choir of children and graduates of the National School of Prison Wardens of Târgu Ocna
The National School of Prison Wardens of Târgu Ocna is located at the following address: 137, Tisești Street.