Congratulations to His Grace Bishop Matthew of Sourozh on 8th anniversary of episcopal consecration
Your Grace, dear Vladyka, loving Archpastor and father!
On the day of your personal Pentecost, please accept heartfelt congratulations on this significant date for you - the eighth anniversary of your hierarchal consecration!
On this day, eight years ago, you accepted the gifts of the Holy Spirit and embarked on the path of holy service to the King of Glory and His Holy Church. Our Lord Jesus Christ has called you to a high apostolic mission - to bear your archpastoral cross in important and responsible cathedras of the Russian Orthodox Church in the far abroad - in the British Isles, Ireland and overseas - in the USA and Canada.
Combining difficult but blessed archpastoral ministry and hard administrative work in the Diocese of Sourozh and in the Patriarchal parishes in the USA and Canada, you tirelessly take care of establishing the Orthodox faith in the hearts of the flock, warming them with love for God and testifying to the truth of Orthodoxy with your personal convincing example.
On this memorable day, dear Vladyka, we prayerfully wish you both mental and physical strength, joy of spiritual and generous help of God in your archpastoral labors in service for the good of the Church of Christ and the people of God!
Many and blessed years to you!
Clergy, monastics and laity of the Diocese of Sourozh and Patriarchal parishes in the USA and Canada.