Monday, 24. November 2014
18. 04. 12. - 11:00
Romanian church officials have slapped a ban on the faithful from bringing their own candles into church – saying it was a sin to use anything other than the officially approved candles.
Romanian Orthodox churchgoers had been bringing their own candles which cost just 1p as opposed to the official candles provided by the church which cost six times as much at 6p.
The church says that the extra charge is to help pay for a massive cathedral in the capital Bucharest estimated to cost around 200 million Euro.
This poster stuck on the wall of a church in Slobozia (South Romania) and posted on Facebook points out however that the church officials have banned unholy candles.
The message says: "Warning! According to the provisions regarding the use of candles in church by the Holy Bishopric of Slobozia and Calarasi, the transporting into the Holy Church of other type of candles other than the candles sold in the Church's own approved religious store is BANNED!
The message goes on that miscreants will not only be spiritually punished but also be punished on this earth as well with a fine of 1,200 Euros.
The Romanian Orthodox Church launched its official church candle last week, ahead the Orthodox Easter (Sunday, 15 April).
The "official Resurrection Candle" is the only one allowed to be sold in the Orthodox Churches in Romania, and the funds collected will finance the building of the pharao-style cathedral in Bucharest.
But the believers didn't rush to buy the 'official resurrection candle" as church officials had hoped because of the cost.
"A candle is a candle. God doesn't make the difference between an official candle and a simple one that costs just 1.5 Euro cents", an elder parishioner told local media.
The works for the Cathedral began at the end of 2010. The cathedral will be built in the Byzantine Romanian style, will be 100 meters high, and have a capacity to seat 5,000 of the faithful.
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