MOSCOW : August 29, 2005


His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia Congratulates His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus on His Coming Namesday and on the 75 th Anniversary of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville

Butovo 2004
Photo by Prot. Peter Perekrestov


To His Eminence Metropolitan LAURUS
of Eastern America and New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Your Eminence,
Most Reverend Vladyko !

I send heartfelt greetings to Your Eminence and your God-preserved flock on the momentous 75 th anniversary of Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville.

For many long years, this holy Monastery has been one of the centers of Orthodox monasticism outside of Russia , a focal point of spiritual life and the preaching of the Gospel. Its monastic brethren, overcoming difficulty and need, bore a special podvig laid upon them by Diving Providence—to preserve the treasure of Holy Orthodoxy in exile, to preserve the legacy of the Russian spiritual tradition, to hand down the experience of monastic labors. Over the course of decades, fervent prayer was raised here for the salvation of Russia .

One cannot ignore the publishing work of the Monastery. At a time when the publication of spiritual literature in the Homeland was practically impossible, your monastic press printed books which brought the light of faith to people. Worth noting also are the achievements of Holy Trinity Seminary, which educated many worthy pastors of the Russian diaspora. It brings one joy to know that now contact with theological schools in Holy Trinity-St Sergius Lavra is being established.

The Monastery's anniversary is preceded by Your Eminence's namesday. For many years, Your labors and Your life were closely bound to Holy Trinity Monastery. During the days of this double celebration, I prayerfully wish Your Eminence bountiful mercies from the All-Merciful Lord, good health and many years, and to the holy Monastery You head I wish peace and prosperity.

With love in the Lord,

Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Butovo 2004
Photo by Prot. Peter Perekrestov