(UOC) Members of the Council of Metropolia, Consistory, Clergy and Faithful of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the USA sincerely greet His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Primate of the UOC of USA, on the 38th anniversary of his archpastoral ministry.
Many years have passed, dear Vladyko, since the time of your personal Pentecost: through the Grace of the Holy Spirit, you became part of Apostolic Succession and ministry. These many years have been filled with various events, including many blessings, and trials; however, the Lord has given you the wisdom and strength required to succeed along the path you have chosen.
“Yes, Lord, You know that I love You!” (John 21:16) – such was the ancient testimony of Christ’s disciples who sacrificed for the Lord and wished to serve Him selflessly. Today, is the day when you proclaimed your love for the Lord, and in response heard, “Feed my sheep” (John 21:16). This responsibility for the Lord’s flock is both a wonderful blessing and a great responsibility.
Remaining faithful to your calling, not only in word, but, with your own example of love towards God and Church, you affirm Holy Orthodoxy, and kindle a flame in the hearts of our clergy and faithful.
We wish you infinite strength, spiritual joy, and God’s help as you continue in your ministry. May the Lord help you as you undergo this great work of preserving Christ’s flock and leading them to eternal salvation.