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Author: Mitropolitul (Metropolitan) Laurentiu
July 6, 2008
JULY 6, 2008 CHICAGO SPEECHunofficial transcription in Romanian from the video found at

(unofficial translation of highlights into English)

Dear brothers in Christ,

His Eminence Nicolae asked me to say goodbye to you…

…It was a great opportunity for us, I say this sincerely, receiving this news that I wished for with all my soul.  I would have gotten upset and I would have left so saddened if this project planned by God would have been stopped by men.  This would have been our biggest failure.  We do not know what would have followed.  The so-called Plan B fell a long time ago, because it was simply meant to be a warning to both sides that time was moving too quickly.

So many years have passed since our revolution, our liberation, well let’s count 17, tomorrow 18, then nineteen, we will go, not the years.  Time is the same, but we pass through and do not leave behind anything well established, we do not even succeed in repairing things.  I tell you, it is very difficult to repair something broken by others… See that God has pulled it off through the wisdom of those who have lead you until now.

Metropolitan Laurentiu

July 6, 2008.


  1. Costel Says:

    Cred ca Mitropolitul are foarte putine cunostinte in legatura cu viata ortodocsilor din America. A venit sa sarbatoreasca unirea si a fost dezinformat chiar si aici la cativa pasi de realitatea petrecuta, apoi s-a intors cu ea in Romania.

    Daca au trecut 18 ani de la revolutie si n-au facut nimic, nu este vina romanilor americani, pentru ca nu ei fac coruptia din Romania, nu ei stopeaza dosarele securitatii la slujitorii bisericii si nu dau mana cu politicul, asa cum este astazi in tara.

    Aici este alta civilizatie, mentalitate si o viata sanatoasa. Ma bucur ca mai sunt si oameni intelepti, pe langa ceilalti lipsiti care arunca cu pietre; Frumoasa afirmatie! Sper ca pe acestia din urma sa-i lumineze Dumnezeu, ca sa nu mai poate fi jigniti!

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O Lord and Master of my life,
leave me not with the spirit of laziness,
of despair, of domination, or idle words.

Rather, give me, your servant, the spirit of integrity,
of humility, of patience, and of love.

Thus, Lord, grant me the wisdom to see my own faults,
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