Saints canonized at ceremony at St. Steven’s Orthodox Cathedral

Natalya Mihailova | 06 September 2015
The first American-born Orthodox Christian priest was among two saints canonized Saturday morning during a ceremony at St. Steven’s Serbian Orthodox Cathedral.
Saints canonized at ceremony at St. Steven’s Orthodox Cathedral
Icons of Bishop Mardarije and Archimandrite Sebastian at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Serbian Orthodox Church, Fair Oaks, Calif. written by iconographer Miloje Milinkovic

St. Sebastian, the American-born man, and St. Mardarije were celebrated during a 9:45 a.m. canonization service that followed a grand procession of nearly 100 interdenominational church leaders.

The procession was led by the 85-year-old Patriarch of the Serbian Orthodox Church, His Holiness Irinej. Irinej is the 56th patriarch in a line of popes that originated in 1219.

About 1,000 attendees were there, pushing into the cathedral’s overflow space, Fr. Russell Radiocich told City News Service.

—City News Service

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