MESSAGE OF HIS EMINENCE, ARCHBISHOP NATHANIEL (POPP) OF THE ROMANIAN ORTHODOX EPISCOPATE OF AMERICA AND CANADA
Her Royal Highness, MARGARETA
Custodian of the Romanian Crown
Royal House of Romania
Moved by the news of the falling asleep in the Lord of His Majesty, King Michael I of Romania, we raise our hearts to the All-Merciful God and pray for his entrance into the joy of the Lord. We convey our humble compassion as well as the condolences of the clergy and faithful of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of the United States of America and Canada to the honored Royal Families and to all Romanians who pray for His Majesty's soul.
His Majesty, King Michael I, was a living flame of the dynastic continuity of the Romanian people, from the glory of Independence (1877) to the creation of Greater Romania (1918), but also of all the painful history of Romania after 1940. Forced to abdicate in 1947, His Majesty became, along with all the Romanians in exile, an emigrant who identified himself with his people both in Western Europe and across the oceans. Princess Ileana of Romania, under her monastic name, Mother Alexandra, lived in our diocese, and always kept us informed about the life of the royal family.
I had the joy of meeting him personally during the visits of the Royal Family to the United States and Canada. Then, after the return of His Majesty to Romania, I met him again in Romania, along with the late Queen Ana, at the Romanian Patriarchate's festivities.
His Majesty, King Michael possessed a dignity rarely encountered, and encapsulates in his heart the ascents and descents of our entire Romanian nation everywhere. May our good God receive his soul, so tested in this lifetime, into his everlasting light, and count it among His righteous ones, along with his worthy predecessors. May his memory be eternal!
Archbishop of the Romanian Orthodox Episcopate of America and Canada