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Romanian Orthodox Church in Baden / Switzerland, dedicated to the Holy Mother of God and Saint Calinic from Cernica - 40th anniversary of its existence
Short Church History - 1979-2019
Our church is the oldest Romanian church in German Switzerland and one of the oldest Romanian churches in the Western Europe.
His roots are from the period immediately following the installation of bolshevism and communist satanism in Romania. The Romanians in the Western of Europe and those who succeeded to escape from Romania at that time asked the Patriarch of Constantinople (the only Patriarch entitled by the Holy Canons to ordain priests and hierarchs in European countries that did not have autocephaly) to take them under his homophore, in order to it avoids the infiltration of disguised agents, sent to the West by communists. The Romanian Church center was Paris (Metropolitan of France receiving from the Patriarch the historical assignment to support in all their needs the Romanians who had opposed the communism). There were parishes of Orthodox Romanians in the rest of France, Germany, Switzerland, Spain and around all the western countries, which have celebrated the Holy Liturgy with canonical blessing, together with the over 100 free parishes (independent of the Romanian Patriarchate) from the USA.
In Switzerland, the best organization began around 1970, and in 1978-1979 the foundations of our church were done. Our Orthodoxes have understood to actively participating in the unmasking and fighting against communism and bolshevism through protest, demonstrations, writings and publications, although they involved great risks. Of the active ones, we especially notice Florea Nicoriuc, Tatiana Parvu, Alexandru Popa, Father Dumitru Emilian Popa, Ruxandra Popa and Mihai Bajan, who were also great supporters of the church, passed to the Lord, which we always mention.
All these generated the esteem and respect from the local authorities (in a country that has the sign of the Holy Cross on the national flag and a deeply religious hymn). The communists continuated tu survey this church and founded different local structures under the benevolent mask of some cultural and humanist activities.
By 1990, our church numbered about 800 families and was the only Romanian Orthodox Church in German Switzerland, one that united all Romanians from here. In Geneva there is a sister church founded almost all at the same time.
It was a great blessing for the Romanians from Switzerland, in times of great restraint, to be able to baptize their children, to reunite and to be buried after the Orthodox Tradition. But above all, to keep their Orthodox values, to lead a life of prayer and to participate in the Holy Liturgy.
After the "change" of the political situation in Romania, most of the Romanian churches dependent on Constantinople remained under the same canonical dependence, in order to comply precisely with the prescriptions of the Holy Canons of Orthodoxy and to prevent the mixing of the former "restructured" structures.
Instead of strengthening the position of those who fight during the communist period,distances from us,the Romanian authorities started diffamation, put pressure on its Patriarchate in Constantinople through its representatives to no longer ordain Romanian priests. These situations showed us the actual reality of Romania.
Thus, in the period when Par. Dumitru Emilian Popa could no longer serve because of his advanced age, we saw ourselves in the position of having to almost completely reduce the completion of the Holy Liturgy.
A special thanks goes to Archbishop Pimen of Suceava, who blessed Dr. Mihai Valica, who was studying to help us in those times.
Finally, the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople ordained Archpriest Valentin Bassarabescu Puricel, the current parish priest of our church, descended from an old Romanian family. He was a former lawyer and dedicated himself totally since 2007 to the service of our church. Also he strengthened our spiritual reltionship with the Holy Mount Athos, where he had his spiritual formation.