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Letter of Condolence from His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph to His Beatitude Patriarch John X

April 8, 2016

His Beatitude John X
Patriarch of Antioch and all the East

Beloved Sayedna and Father in Christ:

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His holy ones” (Psalm 116:5)

It is with a sadness that we have learned of the falling asleep in Christ of your beloved mother, Rosa. On behalf of myself, my brother bishops, the clergy, the members of the Board of Trustees, the heads of the departments and organizations, and all of the faithful of this Archdiocese, we offer our prayers and condolences as you struggle with the departure of your beloved mother, especially at a time when so many events are weighing so heavily on your shoulders.

During this Holy Season of the Great Fast, we are ever mindful of our anticipation of the Feast of Feasts, the Great and Holy Pascha. We pray that the falling asleep of your mother can be seen in the context of the anticipated Light of the Empty Tomb, and the wonderful promise of the resurrection which has been opened to all of us.

We pray for your good health, and that our Gracious and Loving Lord will embrace the soul of your beloved mother. May her Memory be Eternal!

Yours in the Service of the Lord,

Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America

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