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The Lord's Army

Romanian Orthodox lay spiritual movement founded in 1923 by Fr. Joseph Trifa. It has had a rocky relationship with the Church hierarchy for much of its history, and like its Greek and Serbian counterparts has been accused of pietism. During the Communist period and after, evangelical Protestants made several attempts to infiltrate the organisation. However, it now seems to be on good terms with the episcopate, which is fortunate, since the Army's works of charity and endurance under Communist oppression are legendary in Romania, and it would be a terrible thing all round if the group ever ceased to be Orthodox.

Norman Hugh Redington


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