Christmas greetings of St. Petersburg Governor Aleksandr Beglov for ELCIR Bishop Ivan Laptev
Dear Ivan Sergeyevich,
I wish you and your church members a Happy New Year 2022 and a Merry Christmas!
This holiday has a special meaning for all Christians. It reminds us of eternal spiritual values, gives us hopes for the better, fills us with faith in the triumph of good and justice, and with the light of love and mercy.
May the never fading Star of Bethlehem shine on the entire city of St. Peter all through the year! May the New Year bring each family peace and prosperity, warmth and comfort, good fortune and wellbeing for all residents of St. Petersburg!
I wish you good health for many years ahead and God’s help in your noble ministry!
Aleksandr Beglov, Governor of St. Petersburg