His Beatitude Onufry, Metropolitan of Kiev & All Ukraine, congratulated His Grace Nicholas, Bishop of Manhattan, on his election as First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, and noted that he shares in the joy of the forthcoming enthronement ceremony:
To His Eminence
the Very Most Reverend NICHOLAS
Metropolitan-elect of Eastern America & New York
First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad
Dear Vladyka Nicholas!
Please accept my heartfelt congratulations on your election as First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad!
The cross of the primatial ministry which Your Holy Eminence has taken upon your shoulders is a continuation of the century-old labor of your God-loving and God-enlightened predecessors in standing before God’s Altar for the flock of the Russian Church Abroad. I sincerely rejoice that the Lord has chosen you and placed you at the helm of the Ark of salvation to guide those who sail upon it to the Heavenly City, that those who are perishing and are overwhelmed in the sea of life might find a firm and unshakable foundation on the rock of the true Faith of Christ.
Ascending together with you in the joy of the upcoming celebration ‒ your enthronement as the First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad, we fervently entreat the Most Gracious God to strengthen Your Eminence in health and prosperity for the good of the Mother Church. We hope that the relations that have developed between our Churches over the years will continue to be filled with the spirit of friendship, good cooperation, and Christian love.
I prayerfully wish Your Holy Eminence peace, every blessing, and the all-powerful help of God in cultivating the spiritual vineyard planted by the right hand of the Lord. May the All-Merciful Lord ever be your refuge and strength (Ps. 45:2). Many years to you!
With brotherly love in Christ,
Metropolitan of Kiev & All Ukraine
Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church