Election Greetings to Metropolitan Jonah

From World Orthodox Churches

Your Grace and beloved brother in Christ,

We would like to express with great joy our best wishes and congratulation to you and to the American Orthodox Church to your election. We are looking forward to your service to the Gospel of Christ and to the Body of Christ in America, which with God’s help, can be inspiring and hopefully bring life-giving impulses also to the Orthodox Church world-wide.

It would be our wish to support you and all our American sisters and brothers in service to God and to His people and to the suffering World by our humble prayers and it would be great honor for us to develop closer brotherly relations with you and with the American Orthodox Church which as we believe by your election starts the new chapter of her history and of her mission.

Please, accept our most cordial wishes of God’s blessing to you and to your Church in this moment. I pray for the successful start and for the successful continuation of your service of spiritual and hierarchical leadership of God’s people in America.

Sincerely yours in Christ, our Lord


Archbishop of Prague

Metropolitan of the Czech Lands and Slovakia



The Most Blessed Jonah

Archbishop of Washington and New York

Metropolitan of All America and Canada

Your Beatitude,

I wish to congratulate Your Beatitude on the occasion of Your election as the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America.

It is a special joy for us in the Orthodox Church of Finland that Your Beatitude’s spiritual roots come back to the Holy Monastery of Tranfiguration in Valaam. This bond unites Your Beatitude with the heritage of St Herman but also with the Orthodox Christians in Finland. It is our humble wish that these bonds between our Churches will grow stronger.

May the Lord Jesus Christ give Your Beatitude health, wisdom and many years!

With brotherly love in Christ,


Archbishop of Karelia and All Finland



Your Beatitude!

In the fullness of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, we would like to congratulate You with all our heart on the occasion of Your election to serve as Primate.

Through Divine Providence, the American Orthodox Church has received in You a young, vigorous and experienced Protohierarch. We are sure that under your guidance the Orthodox Church in America will resolve all its difficulties and will successfully continue its mission on the American continent.

We will pray for you and wish You God’s help in this new service to the Holy Church and grace-filled increase of spiritual and physical strength for many and blessed years!

With brotherly love in Christ,

+ Volodymyr




To His Beatitude


Metropolitan-Elect of All America and Canada

Your Beatitude, dear Metropolitan-elect Jonah,

It is with special joy that I learned today about your election as the Archbishop of Washington and New York, Metropolitan of All America and Canada. Axios, axios, axios!

From all the extraordinary circumstances surrounding your election it is clear that the Lord’s providence is behind the popular vote which elevated you to the primatial office. Truly, vox populi vox Dei.

I am convinced that under your spiritual guidance the Orthodox Church in America will speedily recover from turbulence and will enter a period of renewal and spiritual prosperity.

I wish you many blessed years and pray to our Lord Jesus Christ for the success of your archpastoral ministry.


Bishop of Vienna and Austria

representative of the Russian Orthodox Church

to the European Institutions

17 November 2008


His Beatitude Kyr JONAH
Archbishop of Washington and New York,
Metropolitan of All America and Canada


Beloved Brother in Christ,

On the occasion of Your election as Head of the Orthodox Church in America, We, on behalf of His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle, of the Holy Synod of Bishops of the Serbian Orthodox Church, of our pious people, as well as on Our own behalf, extend to You Our whole-hearted and brotherly best wishes for Your fruitful archpastoral ministry on the throne of the Primate of the Orthodox Church in America, being sure that Your pastoral-ecclesial efforts will contribute not only to the spiritual and moral rebirth of the people of God that is entrusted to You directly by Divine providence, but also to the entire Orthodox Church of Christ.

We commend Ourselves to Your holy prayers and remain Your Brother in Christ and Concelebrant.

On Behalf of the Serbian Patriarch,