Celebration in Honor of Anne Yaroslavna in France
United East and West
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On May 20th, the Ukrainian community in France started its memorial celebration of Anne of Kyiv, also known around the world as Anne Yaroslavna. She founded the St. Vincent Abbey in Senlis, France between 1062 and 1069.
Anne of Kyiv was a daughter of the Ukrainian Prince Yaroslav the Wise and the wife of French King Henry the First.
Members of the Ukrainian diaspora and diplomats laid flowers at her monument. She is seen as an important link connecting Ukraine with France, and Western Europe as a whole.
In 2013, Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris bought a church in Senlis and opened a Cultural Center dedicated it to Anne of Kiev.
Eparch of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Eparchy of Paris Borys Gudziak commented on the celebration of Anne Yarislavna’s Day, “For us, Anne represents thousands of years of the Ukrainian history, history of the unity of ancient Europe – the West and the East. She is the testament to the Christian origin of Europe. And for Ukrainian emigrants, the history of Anne and Senlis, where she lived, is an excellent occasion for unity.”