COUNCIL OF BISHOPS OF THE UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
25 March 2011
Most Rev. Sviatoslav Shevchuk
of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church
Your Eminence: GLORY TO JESUS CHRIST!
The month of March in the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church in Ukraine and beyond her borders will always be treasured in history as the month when the faithful of the Greek-Catholic Church were blessed with a new Spiritual Father in the person of your Eminence.
In behalf of the clergy and faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA, we express to you our most sincere greetings as you begin this certainly difficult, but spiritually and fundamentally important mission in the life of the clergy and faithful entrusted to your spiritual care. Your election takes place just before the third Sunday of the Great Fast – the Veneration of the Precious and Life-Giving Cross, when we come to the halfway point on the journey toward the celebration of our Lord’s Resurrection – His victory over sin and death. May the Cross of our Lord always be the sign of His support in your Archpastoral service.
Dear Brother in Christ, we hope in the depth of our hearts that the joyful Light of the Risen Lord will always accompany you in your Service. We pray that your pastoral activity will positively influence the progression of contacts between Orthodox and Catholic Christians and all people of good-will. We wish you much success in the spiritual mission of the salvation of souls. We know that alone, human strength is insufficient to fulfill this service to which you are called. May your real strength come from God the Creator, for He is Good and Merciful.
With prayers in Christ our Lord,