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MOSCOW: May 2, 2011
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill Congratulates Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart on the 10th Anniversary of His Consecration

On May 1, 2011, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated His Grace Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart, Vicar of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany, on the 10th anniversary of his consecration to the episcopacy.

To His Grace Bishop Agapit of Stuttgart, Vicar of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany

Your Grace:

Christ is Risen!

I wholeheartedly congratulate you on this important date, the 10th anniversary of your consecration to the episcopacy.

Divine Grace made you a successor of the messengers of the Lord, whom God “also hath made able ministers of the new testament, not of the letter, but of the spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:6). Since then, you have earnestly and with love carried out all the various obediences as the Vicar of the Diocese of Berlin and Germany.

Your archpastoral labors in the harvest-fields of Christ bear witness that you are a kind assistant to your ruling bishop, a pious monk and an active clergyman at the altar of the Lord.

May the All-generous Master of the Heavens and Earth grant you strength, spiritual joy and all that is good and necessary for you to further bear the cross of the Apostolic service.

With love in the Resurrected Lord,

+KIRILL,
PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA