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
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,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
November 29 / December 12 , 2005