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Congratulations to his Eminence Archbishop Kyrill from H.I.H. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna PDF Print E-mail

From the Head of the Russian Imperial House

To His Eminence KYRILL Archbishop of San Francisco and Western America

Your Eminence!

I sincerely congratulate you with your Sixtieth Birthday!

The Lord has called you to service upon the Cathedra which once was occupied by the great Russian Hierarch John (Maximovich), who was manifest as a faithful spiritual friend, man of prayer and guide to my August Grandfather, Grandmother, Father and Mother. Recalling unfailingly the great strength of Christian love of your holy predecessor, you always strive to preserve his inheritance and nourish your flock with his testimony.

I deeply value your contribution to the establishment of unity within the Russian Orthodox Church, your profound understanding of the mission of Our Royal House and your unshakeable fidelity to the ideals and values of legitimate Orthodox Monarchy.

With all my soul I wish you health, length of days and God’s succour in your labours, for the good of the Holy Church and the Fatherland.

My son and heir, Grand Duke Georgi Mihailovich, joins me in offering you these congratulations.

Beseeching your Archpastoral prayers and blessing, I remain before Your Eminence ever well-inclined and filled with sincere love.

 [signature].

Madrid, 11/24 of November, 2014

Original here (in Russian).