DECR Chairman congratulates Metropolitan Tikhon
DECR chairman congratulates His Beatitude Tikhon, Metropolitan of All
America and Canada, on the election as sixth Primate of Orthodox Church in
The chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Department for External Church
Relations sent the message of greetings to His Beatitude Tikhon, elected
Archbishop of Washington, Metropolitan of all America and Canada.
His Beatitude TIKHON
Elected Archbishop of Washington,
Metropolitan of All America and Canada
Please accept my cordial greetings on the occasion of your election as the
sixth Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.
The 17th All-American Council has elevated you to the lofty and
important ministry of the Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Special
spiritual and physical strength is needed for preaching the truths of the
Orthodox faith on the North American Continent – this truly vast vineyard of
Christ (cf. Mt 21:33-41) which has been cultivated by the toil and exploits of
St Herman of Alaska, St Innocent and your heavenly patron St Tikhon of
I believe that through the intersession of the holy and equal-to-the-apostles
enlighteners of the American land, God will give you His mighty helping hand
(cf. 1 Pt 5:6) and establish and guard (cf. 2 Thess 3:3) the Orthodox Church in
America, the youngest in the family of Local Autocephalous Churches, against any
discord and disorder.
I hope that your ministry will greatly contribute to the strengthening of the
spiritual relations between our fraternal Churches and wish Your Beatitude peace
and abundant grace from the All-Generous God.
With respectful love in the Lord,
Metropolitan of Volokolamsk
Department for External Church Relations
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