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Ioan St. Lazăr, St. Calinic of Cernica as seen by the poet Valeriu Anania

Ioan St. Lazăr, St. Calinic of Cernica as seen by the poet Valeriu Anania
Assuming the task to present St. Calinic of Cernica as seen by the poet Valeriu Anania, the author justifies his metapoetic approach through the need to provide the contemporary Romanian society with historical landmarks and patterns of life and action, among which those of its saints. In this regard, he first briefly evokes the current and traditional cult of St. Calinic, a monk and bishop in the XX century, to whose canonization - in 1955, in full communist regime (!) – the theologian writer Valeriu Anania had his contribution, by exhuming the relics and placing them in the reliquary. From this „unutterable” experience and with the above motivation, Valeriu Anania, in Aiud prison, will begin, in his mind, to compose the acathist named „The enlightener”,  dedicated to St. Calinic, along with another one named, „The enlightened” dedicated to St. John the Wallachian, martyred in the XVII century by the Turks for refusing to move to the Muslim faith - both texts being included in the volume. „Acathist pages” (1976).
The present project has three basic sequences, entitled „Acathist pages” by Valeriu Anania - „a unique intertwining between political and religious poetry”, the poem dedicated to St. Calinic - „The enlightener”,  - a necessary comparison, and the theme of an anagogical portrait „in motion” - by adding to previous interpretations of literary critics such as Liviu Petrescu and Lucian Vasile Bâgiu, his own perspectives and additions, emphasizing the literal, allegorical, moral and anagogical meanings of the (religious) text as well as a minimum inventory of poetic forms and modalities for characterization of a „saint among men,” „totally perfect” as it was and remains St. Calinic of Cernica.

Keywords: St. Calinic of Cernica, canonization, Valeriu Anania, „Acathist pages”