07 June 2017

The Head of the House of Romanoff has sent her congratulations to Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America on the 25th anniversary of his consecration to the episcopate


To His Eminence Archbishop Kyrill
Of San Francisco and Western America

Your Eminence,

I wish to extend to you my heartfelt congratulations on the 25th anniversary of your ordination to the episcopacy.

A quarter century ago, you were called to serve as a bishop. As successor of Archbishop John (Maximovich), the great Russian saint and loyal spiritual father and intercessor for Our House, you have faithfully followed his example of love for his flock, joy in the unity of Russian Orthodoxy, and defense of the ideals of Orthodox monarchy.

In recognition of your service to the Holy Church and Our House, I am pleased to award you the Imperial Monogram in the First Class.

May the Lord keep you for many years by the prayers of His Most Pure mother, St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco, and all the saints.

My son and heir, Grand Duke George of Russia, also sends his warmest congratulations to you.

Asking your archpastoral prayers and blessing, I remain faithfully yours,

The original is signed in Her Imperial Highness’ own hand:

H.I.H. the Grand Duchess Maria of Russia

May 25/June 7, 2014

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