Primatial and Synodal Epistles

Offi­cial state­ments and mes­sages from the First Hier­ar­ch, Syn­od, or Coun­cil of Bish­ops of the Russ­ian Ortho­dox Church Out­side of Rus­sia

Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

On Rejoicing in the Desert

From my whole heart, I wish for you all to spend these all-joyous days in good health and cheerful disposition, perceiving the victorious power of God and the illumination of the Light of His Resurrection on the Third Day, so that in the future, when it seems to us that “Hades doth reign,” we might remember that its reign over us is “not forever,” as we read in the canon of Great Saturday, and that we might find in that the strength to overcome any trials in this life!