On August 20/7, 2005 His Holiness Serbian Patriarch Pavle received the following letter from His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia (ROCOR) sent from the monastery of the Holy Trinity in New York, USA.
To His Holiness Paul,
Orthodox Archbishop of Pec
Metropolitan of Belgrade-Karlovci
Patriarch of Serbia
Your Holiness Most Holy and Esteemed Vladyko!
I send you heartfelt greetings on the continuing celebration of the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord and with the approaching Dormition of the Mother of God. We hope that during these holy days the Giver of Light, Christ our God, will visit and grant mercy upon His Eminence Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid, who is now in a Macedonian prison for responding to Your Holiness’ call to actively seek to heal church division and restoring communion with Your Holiness.
We raise our prayers before our main holy icon, the Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God, in Whose “assumption… did not leave us,” and hope and believe that His Eminence Archbishop Jovan will soon return to his flock and serve his church.
With fraternal love in the Lord,
+ Metropolitan Laurus,
First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia