Valaam, Russia, May 28, 2018
America’s first saint and great enlightener, St. Herman of Alaska, is being honored at his home monastery of Valaam in northeastern Russia.
The foundation stone for a new chapel in memory of the ascetic missionary saint was laid and blessed on Valaam on Thursday, on the day when the Church commemorates two other great enlighteners—Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the Enlighteners of the Slavs, the monastery’s official website reports.
Igumen Methodius served a moleben and blessed the beginning of the work on the 46-ft. chapel, and then, together with the donors Andrei and Alexei, lowered the foundation stone of the future chapel and a capsule with a letter of commendation into the ground.
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