Eminence Metropolitan Laurus Sends His Condolences to Russian President
Vladimir V. Putin
From the Editors;
The Chancery of His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus reported to the
Editors of the Synodal web page that His Eminence calls upon all
the clergy and the God-loving flock of the Russian Orthodox Church
Outside of Russia to include a special supplication in their services:
"for the innocent Orthodox Christians killed by Agarians."
With the blessing of His Eminence, the rectors of parishes and monasteries
and the children of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
are serving pannikhidas (services of commemoration) for those killed
during the terrorist act in North Ossetia and are praying for those
who were wounded, for their families, and for our suffering people:
Your Excellency, Deeply-respected Vladimir Vladimirovich!
It was with
horror that I followed the chain of events in North Ossetia and
hasten to express, on behalf of the bishops, clergy and children
of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, profound empathy
to all our compatriots. During these days of the observance of the
Dormition of the Mother of God, the thoughts and prayers of the
Russian Church Abroad are with those who suffered, with their families
and all of our God-preserved compatriots. We pray for the repose
of the souls of those who were killed in this wicked act, in which
those who seized the school in Beslan showed no mercy to innocent
children. May the Lord "grant strength to His people,"
as the Prophet and Psam-singer David said, in order to overcome
this sorrow and its aftermath.
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia