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ANMC hosts Russian Christmas celebration

January 8, 2018

It is never easy to be away from family and friends during the holidays, and for our people facing health issues at ANMC, it can be a particularly difficult experience. That is why our employees take extra efforts to make everyone feel welcome and cared for during the holiday season.

This week, ANTHC and Southcentral Foundation hosted the annual Russian Orthodox Christmas Celebration at the Anchorage Native Primary Care Center (ANPCC), the ANMC hospital and Patient Housing at ANMC. After a welcome from ANMC executive leadership to the large group in attendance, Bishop David Mahaffey from the Diocese of Sitka and Alaska, gave a blessing for the event and provided a history of the starring ceremony. The St. Innocent Russian Orthodox Cathedral Starring Choir provided entertainment, and Russian tea and teacakes were served in the ANPCC and patient housing.

A group led by Father Peter Chris and the St. Innocent Starring Choir carried a star and caroled for staff and our people at the ANPCC, ANMC hospital and our patient housing facility. Starring is an event that represents the three wise men following the star. It typically involves a group following a person carrying a wooden pole topped with a star, with a religious icon at its center. The group goes from house to house, village to village. When invited, they stop in front of a house and stand facing the star. The star holder spins the star while the rest of the group sings.

Thank you to everyone involved in making the day and event a success for our people.

View a photo gallery of the celebration on the ANMC Facebook page, here.

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