The Chapel of St. Anna, the first Russian Orthodox Church Abroad (ROCA) in Polk County, was consecrated at 6 p.m. on Sept. 3. Metropolitan Hillarion, who is the first hierarch of all of ROCA, presided over this service other clergy present were Fr. Vasily from a ROCA in Canada as well as the priests from the local ROCA St. Nicolas.
The owner of Russian Chapel Hills Winery and Vineyards, Andrey Medvedev, considers the construction and ultimate consecration of St. Anna Chapel the biggest event in his life, which has even greater meaning considering his many accomplishments.
At the conclusion of the service, George Obolensky, a member of the Russian royal family, presented Andrey with an icon from the 17th century. His parents brought this priceless gift with them to Paris when they emigrated from Russia after the revolution.
Mr. Obolensky brought it to the United States. It is particularly symbolic, because it is the icon of St. Anna, the name of the chapel…
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