MOSCOW: November 3, 2015
Patriarchal Congratulations to Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, on His Namesday
To His Eminence HILARION,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
Beloved in the Lord Vladyka!
I send my heartfelt congratulations on your namesday, prayerfully wishing you strength, the aid of God and success in your archpastoral service.
Over the course of many years, you have with love and a sense of responsibility performed the difficult taks to which you were called by the Chief Pastor Christ. You have labored tirelessly over the establishment and expansion of church communities, illuminating your contemporaries with the light of the Gospel truths. You work towards the goal of having the flock of the One Russian Orthodox Church express genuine "unity of spirit in the bond of peace" (Ephesians 4:3).
Through the prayerful intercession of St Hilarion, Schema-monk of the Kievan Lavra of the Caves, your heavenly patron, may the Lord keep you in good health for many years.
With love in Christ,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.