March 30, 2010
His Holiness, KIRILL
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
Greetings to you during these all holy days as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. May God give you strength!
We were horrified to learn of the barbaric attack yesterday on the beloved citizens of Moscow by a group of terrorists. This was especially disturbing as it took place during the Great and Holy Week of the Church. On behalf of all the bishops, clergy and faithful of the Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, please accept our sincere and deep sympathies to Your Holiness, the Russian government and the Russian people. May the innocent blood which was shed on Calvary wash away our sins and the sins of the entire world.
We join with you and all the faithful of Russia in praying that the memories of the innocent lives which were lost will be eternal and that their souls are resting with the saints where there is neither sickness, nor sorrow, nor sighing, but life everlasting.
Wishing you and your flock a blessed remainder of Holy Week and, in anticipation, a most joyous Pascha, I remain,
Your Brother in Christ,
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of all North America
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