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Patriarchal Condolences on the repose of His Beatitude Metropolitan Herman (Swaiko)

His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia expressed condolences on the death of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman (Svaiko), who reposed in the Lord on September 6, 2022.

His Beatitude, Tikhon, Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Your Beatitude, beloved in the Lord Brother and concelebrant at the throne of God!

With sorrow I received the news of the repose of the former Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Metropolitan Herman. I express my sincere sympathy to Your Beatitude, the episcopate, the clergy and all the faithful children of Church in America in connection with this heavy loss.

The reposed hierarch devoted his life to the Great and Marvelous God: for almost sixty years he was a zealous servant of the Lord's altar, of which for almost half a century in the episcopal rank. As Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, Vladyka made efforts to develop good relations with the Moscow Patriarchate and often visited our Fatherland. I will always keep warm memories of Metropolitan Herman and numerous meetings with him in my heart.

The merciful Lord, who gives the dead resurrection and immortality (canon of the 5th tone on Saturday Matins), establish His faithful servant in the heavenly abode and grant him memory eternal.

With condolences,


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