NEW YORK: January 3, 2008
The Primate of the Russian Church Abroad Sends Greetings to Patriarch Alexy, President Putin and the Heads of the Local Orthodox Churches

To His Holiness Patriarch
of Moscow and All Russia

Your Holiness, Vladyko!

As we approach the bright days of the Nativity of Christ, I send you my heartfelt greetings on this great moment in the establishment of our salvation.

In the New Year, I prayerfully wish you Divine blessings for good health and strength to further your bountiful efforts for the good of the Holy Orthodox Church and to the joy of your spiritual children.

I also express my sincere thanks for your congratulatory greetings on my 80 th birthday.

With love in the Lord born in Bethlehem,

+ Metropolitan Laurus,

First Hierarch of the

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Nativity of Christ

Similar greetings from the Primate's Chancery were sent to Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, the Heads of the Local Orthodox Churches and others.