Patriarch of Moscow and All Russias Aleksiy II
My dear Joseph Davydovich! You placed yourself in the service of art from your early years and, after a journey full of events, trials and tribulations, you have achieved impressive results, becoming a famous, and much-loved, Russian singer and public figure. The Lord destined you to do and to endure a great deal but, whatever the circumstances, you always proved to be a model of integrity, honesty and dedication to your vocation. You are carrying on with your inspired service of the Motherland today. You use the talent God gave you to bear witness to your love for Russia, your commitment to the highest moral standards and your faith in the great spiritual strength of our people, through your art, words of wisdom and acts of kindness. Your generosity, charity, openness and solicitude for people have won you well-deserved authority and recognition, both in our country and beyond.
Valuing very highly your personal contribution to the promotion of cooperation between cultural professionals and the Russian Orthodox Church, I wish you, dear Joseph Davydovich, strength, stamina, patience, creative inspiration and God’s help in your further endeavours for the benefit of great Russia.