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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent a message of greetings to His Beatitude Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens and All Greece on the occasion of the anniversary of his election to the See of Primates of the Orthodox Church of Greece. The text of the message is given below.

Your Beatitude,

Please accept my cordial greetings with the anniversary of your election to the See of Archbishops of Athens and All Greece.

Performing the lofty ministry of Primate of the Holy Church of Greece, you try to rely in everything upon the Lord Who has called you to minister His gospel (cf. Rom 15:16). At a challenging time when doubts are being cast on traditional moral norms in this world ever more often, you have to make special efforts to preserve the gospel values in Greece.

I prayerfully wish Your Beatitude God’s help in your Primatial ministry, physical and spiritual strength and bountiful spiritual blessings from the All-Generous Heavenly Father.

With esteem and love in the Lord,


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate