16 November 2009
Martyrs Akepsimos the Bishop
To our brethren in the Lord: Metropolitans, Archbishop, Bishops, venerable clergy, devout monastics and Christ-loving faithful of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
Glory to Jesus Christ!
It has only been a few hours since that moment when the servant of God, His Holiness Patriarch Pavle departed this physical world and was born unto eternal life. This just, forbearing and faithful steward, through whose hands, Almighty God, One in the Holy Trinity, blessed all His children in the land of Serbia, and whose voice, like the voice of Saint Sava, never ceased to proclaim the word of truth - the Gospel message in a land enriched by the witness of so many saints.
The venerable clergy and devout laity of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the United States of America join with us and our brothers in the Episcopacy, His Eminence Archbishop Antony and His Grace Bishop Daniel in expressing our most profound condolences to the people of God of Serbia, with whom we share a sacred union through the waters of Baptism and the oil of Chrismation. With you, our Serbian Orthodox brothers and sisters we implore Christ our true God, risen from the dead, Who rules over the living and the dead, to rest the soul of His faithful servant, Patriarch Pavle, in the bosom of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and to appoint him his place at your heavenly altar.
We assure you of our prayers for the blessed repose and eternal memory of the devout servant of God, Patriarch Pavle throughout this forty day period of reflection - prayers also for the comfort of you, his spiritual children.
Memory eternal! Memory eternal! Memory eternal!
By the Grace of God, Metropolitan of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA.