Bishop Paul receives greetings from Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin and Lodeynoye Pole
CHICAGO, IL [MW Diocese Communications] — In conjunction with the celebration of the Great Feast of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ, His Grace, Bishop Paul of Chicago and the Midwest received greetings from His Grace, Bishop Mstislav of Tikhvin and Lodeynoye Pole, Russia.
As reported earlier, Bishop Mstislav visited Chicago in October and November 2016 for the celebration of the feast of Saint John Kochurov at Chicago’s Holy Trinity Cathedral. Bishop Mstislav presented an exact copy of the wonderworking Tikhvin Icon of the Mother of God, which was enshrined in the cathedral several days later. Bishop Mstislav’s letter also expresses his gratitude to Bishop Paul for hosting him at the celebration.
“In these holy and salvific days, I prayerfully wish you strength, joy, patience, optimism and the unfailing intercession and protection of the Mother of God,” Bishop Mstislav wrote. “I am very grateful to you for your warm hospitality towards us during our visit to participate in the festivities on occasion of the memory of Hieromartyr John Kochurov of Chicago, and for the joy of being able to concelebrate the divine services with you.
“We are always ready to welcome you in Tikhvin, the place where the wonder-working icon of the Mother of God appeared, which unites with love in Christ our two peoples,” Bishop Mstislav concluded. “May the coming new year bring peace and salvation for all of us!”
A PDF version of the original letter also is available.