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NEW YORK: June 12, 2007
Metropolitan Laurus Sends a Greeting to the Prior of Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra, Archimandrite Iriney (Semko), Consecrated To the Episcopacy on the Second Sunday of After Pentecost

To His Reverence
The Esteemed Archimandrite Iriney

Reverend Father!

With God's help, we returned home safely. It gave us great joy to pray with you on the feast day of the Holy Spirit at Divine Liturgy at the Far Caves of Kievo-Pechersky Lavra. May the Lord save you!

We heard the joyous news of your forthcoming consecration to the episcopacy. We will remember you in our prayers on the Sunday of All Russian Saints, that the Lord enables you to receive the grace of Apostolic service. We pray that the Lord strengthens you in your labors and grants you energy and health, that your archpastoral service would be to the benefit and salvation of your flock, and to the glory and confirmation of the Holy Church of Russia! Axios!

With fraternal love in the Lord,

+ Metropolitan Laurus

First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia
and on behalf of the pilgrims who prayed with you in Kievo-Pecherskaya Lavra

May 22/June 3, 2007