Letter from Metropolitan Hilarion

posted Jul 9, 2009, 4:25 PM by Edward Mansager

June 5th, 2008

The Very Reverend Protopriest Serge Kotar
and the Students and Teachers of St. John of San Francisco Orthodox Academy

Dear Father Serge,
Beloved in Christ Students and Teachers of the Academy,

Please accept my heartfelt greetings wit the holy Feast of our Saviour’s Ascension.

Thank you so much for your kind words of greeting and congratulations on the occasion of my election to the position of First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia. I was very moved to receive the congratulatory letter with the signatures of so many teachers and students.

I am in need of your holy prayers before our Lord and the intercessions of our holy father among the saints, John of San Francisco, as I assume the many responsibilities of this office.

May God richly bless all of you with His grace. I look forward to seeing you, God willing, in the not-too-distant future.

With love in Christ,

+ Hilarion
Metropolitan of Eastern American and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia