His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has sent the following greeting to His Beatitude Metropolitan Tikhon of All America and Canada:
beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant:
I cordially congratulate you upon the seventh anniversary of your elevation to the throne of their Beatitudes Archbishops of Washington, Metropolitans of All America and Canada.
It is with hope for the omnibenevolent Providence of the Creator that you are honourably discharging the noble and responsible ministry entrusted to you as ‘God’s steward’ (Titus 1:7) ‘with Jesus Christ himself as the cornerstone; in him the whole structure is joined together and grows into a holy temple in the Lord’ (Eph. 2:20-21).
I have happy memories of our recent meeting in Moscow and would like to prayerfully wish you well-being and peace, sound health and all-powerful help of God in your future labours for the good of the Holy Church. Many Years to you.
With brotherly love in the Lord,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia