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Dear Vladyka,
Please be assured of our support and love.
In the current situation, we wish to return back to you part of the blessing, support and happiness you give us.
We pray for you with all our hearts.
With Love in Christ,
A., G., G., and A. (Oct. 5, 2010)

Dear Bishop Seraphim!
In this difficult times I would like you to know how much I love, respect and adore you, though you already know it very well. My love to you is even bigger know.
You are one of the most wonderful people I have ever met. I always will be dreaming to see you again. I am sure God will punish everyone who wants to harm you.
Lots of LOVE,
R. (Oct. 8, 2010)

Message of a parish priest to his parishioners:
Glory to Jesus Christ!
There is always a natural tendency to knee-jerk reactions when faced with these difficult situations so it is the calm, positive and prayerful response that is very helpful. Naturally, I fully believe in the Archbishop's innocence, and will continue with the complete presumption of innocence until proven beyond any shadow of reasonable doubt otherwise. I too join my prayers with everyone for our dear Vladyka in this his hour of great need. May Christ our True God, through the prayers of the Theotokos and all the saints surround him with peace, comfort, health and protection from all evil and harm.
In Christ,
Fr. G. (Oct 8, 2010)

Christ is in our midst!
Dear Archbishop Seraphim,
"...Still if one of you suffers for being a Christian, there is no reason to be ashamed but let such a one glorify God in this matter. For the time has come for judgement to begin with the household of God. If it begins first with us, what will happen to those who do not obey the Good News of God? "If it is hard for the righteous to be saved, what will happen to the ungodly and the sinner?" Therefore, let those who suffer according to the will of God (in doing good) entrust their souls to him who is a faithful Creator." 1 Peter 4:16-19
"...your adversary, the devil, roams around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brethren throughout the world experience the same sufferings. But after you have suffered a little while, may the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus make you perfect, restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. To him be the glory and the power unto ages of ages. Amen." 1 Peter 5:8-11
Love In Christ
V, K & A (Oct 9, 2010)

Our Dear Vladyka Seraphim!
We want to express all our sincere love and support to you with all our hearts. May God be with you always!
Every year it is a great joy when you come to visit our church.
With graitude we remember your sermons, and especially we appreciate your prayers which are very, very helpful.
One young man told me that after praying with you and taking your blessing, his relationship with his wife improved instantly!
Thank you dear Vladyka for everything.
Our prayers are with you. We want you to know that a lot of people are praying for you.
We are sure that God will help you and give you strength to overcome this attack of the evil one.
With love in Christ,
Yours truly,
FM, E, A,N, K (Oct 10, 2010)

Christ is in our midst!
Master Bless,
Although you are silent, His message can still be heard. "LOVE". And we hear you.
Love In Christ
V., K. & A. (Oct 10, 2010)

Dear Vladyka,
We love you and you are in our prayers. Tobias was pretending to be you a few days ago, he really looks up to you. It has truly been a blessing to have you in our lives and we look forward to many more visits in the future.
This will all work out to the glory of God.
With Love in Christ,
The Bugslags (Oct 14, 2010)

Your Grace, Vladyka Seraphim,
I would like to add my voice to all the others in sending you support at this time of tribulation. I pray that God gives you patience and strength to endure this difficult period, for you personally and also for the church that you love. I pray that the truth prevails and your name is cleared.
Yours in Christ's love,
Ludmilla N. Weaver
St George's Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Victoria, BC  (Oct 14, 2010)

Dear Vladyka

There are a lot of examples in your sermons how to behave in difficult situations. Here are some of words:

  • We have to keep our identity. We have to be active. We have to be life-giving, and creative in the world, and yet not take all the darkness of the world into ourselves, and become poisoned, and paralysed by that...
  • People are afraid everywhere. We, who are Orthodox Christians, must show them the Way: the Way of love, and trust in Jesus Christ. It does not matter what happens to us as long as our eyes, and our hearts are focussed on Jesus Christ. He is our Saviour. There is no other. He will protect us. If the time comes for our lives to end, He still will protect us, and draw us to Himself, and in love give us eternal life. That is what our Orthodox Way is all about, and nothing else – loving Jesus Christ, knowing Jesus Christ, and serving Him. ...He began to be afraid, and to sink. But as soon as he began to sink he said: “Save me, Lord" (Matt. 14:30). The Lord took him by the hand, and said to him: “Why did you doubt?” (Matt. 14:31).
  • Don’t get me wrong. I don’t have a case of paranoia or persecutioncomplex, and I don’t see everything as black, and I am not encouraging selfpity.
    I do see, however, that we are being called to account for our faith in Christ, and we are being called to account for our personal and collective past and present sins.
  • In contrast, we, the sheep, have tended to behave very like sheep under an attack of some sort. We tend to become hysterical. We tend to scatter: we tend to distrust each other, and reject each other. Sometimes, we even butt, or bite each other in our fear.

I can continue days and nights with your words, you always ask to be stronger and united in difficult times, and rely on our Savior.
Please forgive me, we need to protect you as we understand and taught by you, and by the life.
In Christ
Alexander Ovodov (Oct 11, 2010)