His Holiness Patriarch Kyrill of Moscow and All Russia congratulated Bishop Matthew of Sourozh on his 50th birthday.
His Grace Matthew, Bishop of Sourozh, Interim Administrator of the Patriarchal Parishes in the USA & Canada
Christ is Risen!
With the Paschal glad tidings, I cordially greet you and congratulate you on your 50th birthday.
By dedicating yourself to serving the Lord, you strive to diligently fulfill the various obediences imposed on you by the Church. Many years of your life have been associated with work in your native Tambov region. After some time, by God's will, you were numbered among the host of the Apostles' successors and called to episcopal labors, first in the Diocese of Skopin, and then as Administrator of the parishes of the Moscow Patriarchate in Italy. Now you are entrusted to perform archpastoral work in the Dicoese of Sourozh, to testify to the truth of Orthodoxy in the land of Foggy Albion.
In consideration of your service and in connection with your jubilee, I confer upon you the Order of the Venerable Seraphim of Sarov (III Degree).
May the all-generous Lord bestow upon you strong health and His unfailing help in further archpastoral labors.
With love in the Risen Christ
+ KYRILL, PATRIARCH OF MOSCOW AND ALL RUSSIA