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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church Relations, congratulated the Primate of the Georgian Orthodox Church on the commemoration day of St. Nino, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia. The text of the message is given below.

Your Holiness and Beatitude,

Please accept my respectful greetings with the commemoration day of St. Nino, Equal-to-the-Apostles, which is celebrated by the whole Georgia.

The labours of this saint, pleasing unto God, who spread the true faith in the land of Iberia, have been worthily continued in the Primatial service of Your Holiness and Beatitude. Under you wise guidance, the Georgian Orthodox Church successfully carries out her salvific mission, striving for “all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth” (1 Tim 2:3).

I wholeheartedly wish you every success in your labours for the good of the Holy Church and God’s unceasing and almighty help in your Primatial ministry through the prayers of St. Nino, Equal-to-the-Apostles.

With respectful love in the Lord,


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate