TELEGRAM OF THE PRESIDENT
THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
THE COUNCIL OF BISHOPS
RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH
OUTSIDE OF RUSSIA
I am honored to have this opportunity
to extend warm greetings to the Council of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox
Church Abroad as you gather in Montreal.
You deserve the highest commendation
for your efforts in support of the return of religious and civil freedom to the
Russian people. Your work furthers the
interests of all members of the human family, because it is inspired by faith
in the Creator and by the desire for liberty that burns in the hearts of every
man, woman, and child on earth.
The values you hold aid in the
preservation of your own great heritage and in the strengthening of religious
principles within each nation where your Church is located. In safeguarding the wondrous beauty and
timeless grandeur of the ancient faith and culture of your motherland, you
provide all mankind with the hope that this magnificent institution will one
day be restored to its former place in the life of the Russian nation and
You have my best wishes for your
meeting and continued success in all your efforts.
TELEGRAM OF THANKS TO PRESIDENT
EPISTLE OF THE SOBOR OF
BISHOPS OF THE RUSSIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH ABROAD
The bishops of the Russian Orthodox
Church Abroad, who have come from every continent to assemble in council, were
deeply touched by your words of greeting and ask you to accept the expression
of their gratitude.
While we are honored by the attention
you have shown us, we value still more your grasp of the situation of the
Russian Orthodox Church and the Russian people who have suffered since 1917
under the yoke of atheistic communism.
Millions and millions of martyred clergy and faithful from different
social strata appeal to our Lord, but we rarely see such profound understanding
on the part of government authorities as we have encountered from you.
In thanking you with all our heart, we
pray that the Lord will preserve you in good health and strengthen you in your
endeavors which have such importance for the United States and the whole
world. May the Lord confer His blessing
upon you in that position in which He placed you in order to fulfill His divine
of the Sobor of Bishops
the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad
Sobor of Bishops
No. 4, 1985, p. 32f.