Having received joyous news of your election to the Apostolic See of St. Jacob, brother of the Lord, by the will of the Holy Spirit and unanimous decision of the plenitude of the Holy Church of Jerusalem, I ask Your Beatitude to accept my most cordial and sincere congratulations.
We hope that under your wise leadership the Church of Zion will overcome the trials that befell her recently.
We are happy, as You, Your Beatitude, know the life of the Russian Orthodox Church through your previous experience of ministry. Our believers reverentially love the great holy place of the Holy Sepulchre and the Holy Land. We are confident that friendly sisterly relations between the two Church will be further strengthened during the time of Your Beatitude's great sacrificial ministry.
With respectful love in the Lord,
Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad,
Department for External Church Relations