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

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By His great mercy, the Lord prolonged our earthly life in these difficult times and vouchsafed us to see the coming of the new calendar year 2022. We pray the Lord gives each and everyone who opens our calendar, health and strength both spiritual and physical, and peace, serenity and prosperity to our blessed Fatherland and to every Orthodox Russian, wherever they dwell in this new “favorable year of the Lord” (Isaiah 61; 1-2, Luke 4:18).

This year, our calendar is dedicated to the spread of the Orthodox Christian faith in the modern world, and especially in distant countries, as was commanded by Jesus Christ to His disciples just before the Ascension of the Lord: “... ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1,8). This witness service has become an integral part of the history of our Fatherland. Until the beginning of the 20th century, the Russian Church carried the holy teachings of Christ to the peoples that neighbored with us both in the Russian State and beyond. But when, through our transgressions, the divinely established rule in Russia fell and many Russian Orthodox people found themselves scattered about, then in a short time, almost in all the corners of the earth, the Russian Church Abroad came into existence. By its very presence, it became to many a particular kind of missionary service. Moreover, the key role at this stage in the preaching of Orthodoxy belongs to our Russian Orthodox Church Abroad. Unequivocally, her main goal was and remains the nurturing of the Russian Orthodox flock living outside the Fatherland. But by the very circumstances of the service entrusted to her, and thus - by the will of God, the Russian Church Abroad became the missionary of Orthodoxy on all continents. Orthodox churches began appearing in China and Africa, in Australia and in the Middle East, from Asia to the Caribbean islands.

The Calendar for 2022 contains brief information related to this missionary service “even unto the ends of the earth”, as well as photographs of some of the churches that were built by the Russian Orthodox Church diaspora in these distant lands.

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