His Holiness Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia has greeted His Beatitude Anastasios, Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania, on the occasion of the commemoration day of his heavenly patron, the Venerable Martyr Anastasius the Persian. Below is the text of the message.
His Beatitude Anastasios
Archbishop of Tirana and All Albania
Dear Brother and Concelebrant Beloved in the Lord,
I cordially greet you on the occasion of the commemoration day of your heavenly patron, the Venerable Martyr Anastasius the Persian.
Emulating the virtues of this saint and drawing strength from his prayerful intercession, you edify the children of the Albanian Church, teaching them to glorify and thank the Lord, Who in His great mercy has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (cf. 1 Pet. 1:3).
I wish your Beatitude God’s inexhaustible help in your primatial concerns for the assertion of Orthodoxy in Albania, good health and abundant spiritual blessings from the All-Generous Heavenly Father.
With brotherly love in the Lord,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia