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The Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church congratulated His Holiness and Beatitude Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia on the anniversary of his enthronement.

His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II

Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia

Your Holiness and Beatitude, Beloved in the Lord Brother and Concelebrant:

Please accept my cordial greetings with the anniversary of your Patriarchal enthronement.

As a vigilant helmsman, you steer with a firm hand the ship of the Holy Georgian Church through the stormy waves of the sea of life for the quiet haven of salvation. Over the years of your Primatial labours you have gained high authority among the episcopate and clergy, as well as sincere love and esteem of your flock, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Col 1:28).

I prayerfully wish to Your Holiness and Beatitude peace and unceasing joy in the Lord, as well as blessed bodily strength and God’s abundant help in your Patriarchal ministry.

With brotherly love in Christ,