Patriarch Kirill congratulated Patriarch of Georgia with a 40-anniversary of his enthronement

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobanks of the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill to UkrainePatriarch Kirill congratulated Patriarch of Georgia with a 40-anniversary of his enthronement© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator the image Bank

The Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia Kirill congratulated the Catholicos-Patriarch of all Georgia Elijah II with the anniversary of the 40th anniversary from the day of his enthronement, stressing that the head of the Georgian Church has great authority.

A congratulatory letter was read by the representative of the Moscow Patriarchate in the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta, where the solemn Liturgy.

«Your Holiness and Beatitude, I cordially congratulate you and the entire Georgia with this important religious day,» the letter says.

Patriarch Kirill in the congratulation noted that Ilia II throughout the Orthodox world holds the post of Primate of the longest, was one of the youngest clergy of the Georgian Church.

«Your word has the authority and importance to all who know you and who love you, who pray for you and asks you for blessings,» the letter says.

To congratulate the Patriarch in the monastery came the representatives of the Georgian authorities and the opposition and the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili.

Anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch planned to celebrate solemnly with the participation of the Orthodox delegations from around the world, but in may, the Patriarch canceled all celebrations planned because of «the unstable situation in the world.»

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