On the 2nd of November we were happy to receive a visit from our new First Hierarch Vladyka Nicholas.
After an informal tea, we discussed new developments at the building site of the monastery. Vladyka listened with great interest and gave his support in continuing our efforts, reminding us that prayer always comes first.
His Eminence then presented us with a beautiful icon of the Venerable Elder Ambrose of Optina, which belonged to his predecessor, Metropolitan Hilarion of blessed memory.
At the end of his visit Vladyka greeted our alpacas, who were curious to meet the new Metropolitan.