To priors and members of
Christian religious communities
of the Republic of Karelia
celebrating the Nativity of Christ
according to the Gregorian calendar
On behalf of the Government of the Republic of Karelia and on my own behalf I congratulate you on the great holiday of Christmas and the Beginning of the Indiction!
Christmas is a holiday of the triumph of Faith over unbelief, Conscientiousness over disgrace, Remembrance over forgetfulness. It is the day of civil brotherhood and togetherness of all people for the benefit of our parents and children, our society and our Native land. Paying a tribute to all confessions presented in the holy land of Karelia, as well as to the citizens not related straight to religious traditions, we are filled with a deep feeling of solidarity with our fellow countrymen sharing these moral and civil principles! I wish you solid health, happiness and well-being!
With deepest respect,
Head of the Republic of Karelia