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His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia on his Name Day.

His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II

Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia

Your Holiness and Beatitude, beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant:

On the commemoration day of the Holy Glorious Prophet Elijah, “seer of the mighty works of God” (Kontakion to the Saint), please accept my cordial greetings and congratulations on your Name Day.

With unshakeable faith and trust in the Lord, with humility and meekness you bear the cross of the lofty Primatial ministry, steering with firm hand the ship of the Holy Georgian Church toward salvation. By word and by the example of your life you reveal to your flock “that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Tim 3:17).

May the Merciful Lord, by the prayers of your heavenly patron, grant unto you spiritual and bodily strength, peace of mind and His generous help in your further Patriarchal labours for the good of the Georgian Church and the whole Orthodoxy.

With fraternal love in Christ,


Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia