NEW YORK: December 12, 2005

His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus Sends a Letter

to His Holiness Patriarch Pavle of Serbia

To His Holiness and Most-Esteemed


Orthodox Archbishop of Pec

Metropolitan of Belgrade and Karlovci

Patriarch of Serbia

Your Holiness,

Holy and Most-Esteemed Vladyko!


I hasten to express to you my sympathies for your present sorrow. We pray before the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God that the Lord, through the prayers of the Most-Blessed Virgin, quickly raises Your Holiness from the sickbed and returns you to service in church and at your First-Hierarchal post. We have also made arrangements that Your Holiness' name be commemorated at the crypt containing the relics of St John (Maximovich), which lie uncorrupted at the Cathedral of the Mother of God "Joy of All Who Sorrow" in San Francisco.

Asking your holy prayers,

Your Holiness' eternal well-wisher,

+Metropolitan Laurus,

First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia


November 29 / December 12 , 2005