Church of Serbia- July 2016
Axios and many years to Deacon Zoran Aleksic, who was ordained to the holy priesthood on June 6th, 2016 by His Grace Bishop Maxim during the Hierarchical Divine Liturgy held at Saint Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral in Alhambra, California.
Also concelebrating the Liturgy were Very Rev. Nicholas Ceko, Dean of the Cathedral, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, Assistant Priest, Rev. Milan Unkovic, parish priest at the Saint Simeon Serbian Orthodox Church in Las Vegas, and Deacon Paul Germain from the St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in San Diego.
The Youth Choral of the Cathedral added to the festive occasion by prayerfully and joyfully singing the beautiful responses and hymns under the direction of the Cathedral’s Lay Assistance, Jonathan Braun.
Following the Divine Liturgy everyone gathered in the Cathedral Pavilion to enjoy the annual Festival of Learning, where students of the Church School displayed and presented their school work, answering questions and providing explanations about what they learned throughout the year. The Youth Choral provided musical entertainment throughout the event and gave a special performance at the closing of the festival.
The festivities then continued with a luncheon in the main hall, during which the Fr. Nicholas, on behalf of the faithful of the Cathedral, extended prayers and best wishes to Fr. Zoran as he begins his new ministry, and congratulations to his family, Popadija Nada, Pavle, and Anna.
Fr. Zoran has been the Episcopal Deacon of the Western American Diocese since August 2014 and will soon become the parish priest at the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Seattle, Washington.