Beloved brother and concelebrant in the Lord,
On behalf of the plenitude of the Russian Orthodox Church I cordially congratulate Your Beatitude with your election as Primate of the Mother of all Churches - the Holy Orthodox Church of Jerusalem.
We see in your election to the Patriarchal See of the Holy City by unanimous vote a sign of God's mercy toward the Church of Zion and hope that it will end the period of distressful uncertainty and disorder which caused deep concern throughout the Orthodox world.
I wish Your Beatitude spiritual and physical strength to steer well the church ship so that your saved-by-God flock may be pacified and united.
With fraternal love in the Lord,
Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia