Bishop Daniel Ordains Deacons in Charlotte, NC

Diocesan Primate Bishop Daniel spent the Feast of the Holy Assumption (August 18) at the St. Sarkis Church of Charlotte, NC—marking his first visit as a bishop to the parish he formerly served as a visiting pastor. For many of the parishioners, seeing their longtime friend enter the church to the hrashapar hymn was a moving experience.

During the badarak, the Primate ordained two parishioners to the diaconate. Sub-deacon Serop Krajekian was ordained as a full deacon—making him the first of such rank to serve the Charlotte parish. Daniel Zalinov was ordained as a sub-deacon, and is the first altar server raised in the local community to be ordained as such.

Most Joyous Day

“I think this might be the most joyous day I have experienced in the six years I have served at this church,” said parish pastor Fr. Samuel Rith-Najarian. “These two new deacons are exemplary models of faith and dedication to the church. I had no hesitation in saying, Arzhanee en: ‘They are worthy.’”

After his ordination, Dn. Serop reflected: “One of the reasons I decided to live in Charlotte with my family was the existence of an Armenian Church. It’s a blessing for me to be ordained as a deacon at St. Sarkis, surrounded by the lovely mosaic of this Armenian community, whose people live together as a big family.”

Following the Divine Liturgy, Bishop Daniel led the blessing of grapes service and joined the community for a luncheon in the church hall.

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