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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, sent Easter greetings to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, King Felipe VI of Spain, and the Presidents of Austria, France, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, Columbia and other countries. The text of the message is given below.

Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on the feast of Christ’s Passover. Today all Christians are united in joy in the risen Saviour, who has granted to us ‘who believe in his name the right to become children of God’ (Jn 1:12).

The Lord has renewed human nature through his Resurrection and has engendered in our soul the striving for righteousness and goodness. This radiant feast encourages us to minister with diligence to the needs of the entire human community and to the spiritual and moral renewal of the human person, so that peace, harmony and mutual understanding may define relationships among countries and peoples.

May I wish you spiritual joy from the risen Christ, prosperity, and success in your labours.




Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate