NEW YORK: August 4, 2021
The First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad sends greetings on the feast day of the Royal Church in Russian Gethsemane
22 July/4 August 2021
To the Very Reverend
Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky)
Chief of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem;
To the Honorable Abbess Elizabeth, Nuns and Worshipers
of Russian Gethsemane Convent
Reverend Father, Honorable Mother Abbess and Nuns:
From the distant USA, I send heartfelt greetings to you all on the feast day of the “Royal” church in Russian Gethsemane, prayerfully beseeching God’s help, strength of spirit and joy in the Resurrected Christ, shining in the hearts of many through the preaching and life of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
I join you in your common prayer today with our entire Church, her archpastors, clergymen, monastics and the multitude of pilgrims who pray for our good ascetics in the Holy Land. Praying for you, I hope that you are all in good health.
With love in the Lord,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia