Dear  Brothers and Sisters, beloved in the Lord,
Esteemed Benefactors of the Russian Orthodox Youth Committee!

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By the ineffable grace of God, we are entering the new calendar year of 2021. We sincerely wish everyone health and strength of soul and body from the Lord, peace, tranquility and prosperity to our blessed Fatherland and every Orthodox Russian, wherever they dwell in this new “favorable year of the Lord” (Is. 61; 1-2, Lk. 4, 18).

In this year, as well as in the last, our calendar is dedicated to one of the most significant events of the Russian Church history of the modern age: 100 year existence of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. We remember that Russian Church Abroad begins its recounting from 1920. But in this current year, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First All-Diaspora Church Council, which took place from November 21 - December 3 (according to the civil calendar) of 1921 in Sremsky Karlovtsy in the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. And to this day, the activity of the Russian Church Abroad continues, and its service is necessary for many hundreds of thousands of people from all over historical Russia. By God's will, this service will last, because our Church Abroad became the sower of Orthodoxy on all continents, among all the peoples inhabiting these countries, where ever Russians were scattered. We not only tried to preserve our flock in the Orthodox faith and with love for Russia, but we opened and are continuing to open many parishes for the indigenous inhabitants of the country in which we dwell, where the services are held in their native languages.

The calendar for 2021 includes brief information related to the ministry of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad in the post-war era, starting from the 50s of the 20th century, as well as photographs of several churches that were erected in those years of the Russian Orthodox diaspora.

Archbishop of Montréal & Canada,
President of the Russian Orthodox Youth Committee