Metropolitan Hilarion arrived at Gatwick airport

On 21st January Metropolitan Hilarion, the first Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad and the ruling bishop of the diocese of Great Britain and Ireland, arrived at Gatwick airport. He was met at the airport by Archpriest Paul Elliott, Rector of St Elisabeth the New Martyr in Wallasey, Archpriest Peter Baulk, the deputy rector of the London Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and Royal Martyrs, Sub-deacon Nicolas Mabin, Trustee Gregory Wolcough, and Parish Council member Alexey Koloydenko.

Nativity Epistle of HILARION, Metropolitan of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Moved by the most profound feelings of fraternal love and joy for the Savior of the World bom in Bethlehem, I congratulate the archpastors, clergymen, monastics and all the faithful flock of the Russian Church Abroad on this great and holy feast of the Nativity of Christ! O, blessed Nativity night! On this holy night, the Son of God meekly descended to Earth and was born in a humble Bethlehem cave.