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Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, chairman of the Department for External Church Relations, sent a message of greetings to His Beatitude Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania on his Name Day. The text of the letter is given below.

Your Beatitude,

Please accept my heartfelt greetings with the commemoration day of your heavenly patron.

Gaining strength in the prayerful intercession of the Venerable Martyr Anastasius the Persian, you courageously carry out your lofty Primatial ministry at the See of Archbishops of Tirana and All Albania, preaching the Gospel of God’s grace and guiding the flock entrusted to your care “with all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering” (Eph 4:2).

On this memorable day I prayerfully wish Your Beatitude peace, abundant help from God and blessed strength in your Primatial ministry.

With respectful love in the Lord,


Metropolitan of Volokolamsk


Department for External Church Relations

Moscow Patriarchate