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Homilies and speeches 2016

Dear participants and spectators of this church service of Latvian Independence Day!

Today we celebrate 98th birthday of Latvia. Usually during the birthday celebrant receives congratulations and wishes. For decades, this day could not be celebrated. On the contrary. The new movie of Viesturs Kairišs "Melanie Chronicle" shows us the harsh pages of Latvian history when the nation itself could not decide her fate and was subjected to the dictate of a foreign power. However, today we have a positive message: we can thank God for the possibility to celebrate this birthday. Latvia now is an independent and democratic state, its citizens themselves can shape their country's future. We can no longer blame others for our misfortunes and problems. 

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Address by H.E. Zbigņevs Stankevičs, Archbishop Metropolitan of Riga

Riga, 21 August 2016

21 August 1991 was a turning point in the history of our country. By adopting the Constitutional Law on the Statehood of the Republic of Latvia, the Supreme Council laid the foundation for the de facto restoration of the independence of Latvia. With the adoption of the Constitutional Law, the laws of the USSR lost power within the territory of Latvia, and we began our slow, but determined journey back to the family of free and democratic states. The Constitutional Law is based on the axiom that the Republic of Latvia is a state that accepts and implements the standards of democracy governed by the rule of law – human rights, separation of powers, right to private property, and market economy. Based on the Law of 21 August other countries recognised the restoration of Latvia’s independence.

Today we mark 25 years since we began this road of independence, walking side by side with the family of countries that have chosen the model of Western democracy. During this time, we have joined NATO and the EU, the World Trade Organisation, and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development. We can justifiably take pride in our achievements in art, culture, sports, as well as in some areas of science and business. Thanks to the EU Structural funds, we have renovated roads, bridges and infrastructure. Participation in international structures of the Western world serves as a powerful incentive in the fight against corruption, helping to build and strengthen civil society. Read more


Rīgas arhibīskapa metropolīta Zbigņeva Stankeviča sprediķis Jaunavas Marijas Debesīs uzņemšanas svētkos Aglonā, 14. augustā

Lai top slavēts Jēzus Kristus! Dārgie svētceļnieki, vai jūs esat uzdevuši sev jautājumu – kāpēc es esmu atnācis uz Aglonu? Kāpēc mēs esam šeit sapulcējušies? Vieni ir kājām mērojuši simtiem kilometru. To no rīta Svētajā Misē dzirdējām, kad prezentējās svētceļnieku grupas. Aizkustinoši stāsti un aizkustinošas prezentācijas. Citi ieradās ar velosipēdiem, citi ar auto, citi ar autobusu, vilcienu. Katru gadu vismaz lielu daļu no mums kaut kas velk uz šejieni. Kas konkrēti? Kā to īsi noformulēt? Vieniem, sevišķi tiem, kas pirmo reizi, tā var būt ziņkārība, sevišķi tiem, kas vēl ir tikai ceļā uz ticību un kas ir šeit pirmo reizi. Citiem tā var būt vēlme pabūt draudzīgā vidē, atvaļinājuma laikā pamainīt ikdienas atmosfēru, savā ziņā izlādēties. Bērni vēlas arī piedzīvojumus, iepazīt nezināmo. Viena daļa noteikti tāpēc labprāt dodas svētceļojumā. Lasīt tālāk 

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