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NEW YORK: February 28, 2013
Metropolitan Hilarion Congratulates the New Patriarch of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church

To His Holiness Patriarch Neofit of Bulgaria

Your Holiness, Vladyko!

Moved by the best motives and the most profound love, on behalf of the Synod of Bishops, the clergy and flock of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and also from me personally, I warmly congratulate you on your election and enthronement to the lofty rank of Primate of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church. We send you our most earnest wishes that the noble task that lies before you would be crowned with abundant spiritual fruits both for you personally, Your Holiness, and for the entire flock of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church!

I wish you from all my soul many years and a fruitful Patriarchal service, in good health and energy, and we pray to the All-Merciful Lord the He preserve you, blessing your efforts towards the development of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church.

Asking your holy prayers, with love in the Lord,

+HILARION,

Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

February 25, 2013