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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 Metropolitan Daniel of Tokyo and All Japan on his Name Day. The text of the letter is given below.

Your Eminence,

Dear Vladyka:

Please accept my heartfelt greetings with your Name Day.

Gaining strength in the prayerful intercession of your heavenly patron, Right-Believing Prince Daniel of Moscow, you perform with meekness and humility your lofty ministry as the head of the Japanese Autonomous Orthodox Church “in all godliness and honesty” (1 Tim 2:2) and zealously preach the Gospel of Christ in the Land of the Rising Sun, proclaiming to those near and far “the words of eternal life” (Jn 6:68).

Dear in the Lord Vladyka Daniel, I sincerely wish you God’s unceasing help in your labours for the good of Orthodoxy, as well as peace, joy and every blessing from God. May the All-Generous Creator grant you spiritual and bodily strength for continuing to fruitfully serve in His vineyard.

With brotherly love in the Lord,


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate