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To His Eminence Archbishop Anatoly  

Your Eminence, dear Vladyka,

Christ is Risen!

With deep respect I greet you cordially on your namesday! May the Risen Lord, through the prayers of your heavenly patron, the holy martyr Anatoly, strengthen you with spiritual energy and paschal joy. Permit me also to convey sincere greetings and warm good wishes from the clergy of the Sourozh diocese and from your spiritual children in the British Isles.

We thank the Lord that for several decades you carried out your episcopal service under the spiritual direction of the ever-memorable Metropolitan Anthony. The parishioners of the London Cathedral and the community of the Patriarchal Parish of the Protecting Veil of the Mother of God in Manchester remember you in their prayers with special warmth and ask that you likewise keep them in your heart and continue your prayerful intercession for them before the Risen Christ. Your blessing is dear and precious to all of us. 

Undoubtedly it was by the will of God that you made your significant spiritual contribution to the building up of the Church of Christ in Britain and now that same will is revealed through the decision of the Holy Synod to accept your humble petition to bless you for a time of rest and medical treatment so that, freed from diocesan concerns, you would be able in peace to lift up your prayers for all of us in the monastery of the Venerable Savva of Storozhi Hill. 

Dear Vladyka, we all believe that you continue to be together with all of us regardless of any possible infirmities or the great distance between us. The faithful children of the Diocese of Sourozh remember you with gratitude in their prayers and your archpastoral love, humility, wisdom and spiritual concern is taken as an example for the new generation of pastors and archpastors. 

May the merciful Lord by His paschal triumph of life make you to rejoice in the beauty of His Resurrection, as His disciple and spiritual artist, pouring out upon you His divine strength for many blessed years!


Christ is Risen indeed!


With respectful love in the Lord,


Archbishop of Sourozh together with the clergy and laity