NEW YORK: October 16, 2009
The Primate of the Russian Church Abroad Congratulates the Senior Priest of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Sign on His 15th Anniversary As a Priest
To Your Reverence Protopriest Andrei Sommer
Dear in the Lord Fr Andrei!
Accept my heartfelt congratulations on the 15th anniversary of your pastoral service.
We value your tireless missionary work in educating the young generation of the Russian diaspora in the spirit of dedication to One Russian Orthodox Church, your devotion to the spiritual traditions or our ancestors in the harvest fields of spiritual education.
From my soul I wish you, dear Fr Andrei, the boundless help of God, good health, enthusiasm and spiritual joy for many good years!
May the Lord send you strength to further carry on the grace-filled obedience of preaching His eternal Gospel legacy, to be a good pastor filled with Divine wisdom.
I call upon you and your children God’s blessing, and may God’s mercy be with you all,
Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia