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MOSCOW: August 31, 2009
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Sends a Greeting to Archbishop Alypy of Chicago and Mid-America

Your Eminence, Dear Vladyka!

I send my heartfelt congratulations to you on the feast day [17/30 August—Ed.] of your heavenly protector, St Alypy the Icon-painter.

Over many years, tending to the spiritual benefit and salvation of your neighbor, your words of wisdom and good works have persuasively witnessed the eternal Gospel truths and the enduring beauty of Holy Orthodoxy.

I prayerfully wish you strength, patience and spiritual joy.

May the All-merciful Lord preserve you in health and well-being for many years!

With love in Christ,
+ KYRILL,
Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.