Saturday, May 11, 2013 was a day to remember for the faithful of the St. Petka Church in Orlando, Florida. Exactly two years after construction on the new church began many Orthodox faithful from Central Florida and other areas gathered to attend the liturgy and the blessing and raising of the main dome and cross for the new church. The Divine Liturgy was served by a number of local Orthodox clergy. Officiating was V. Rev. Stefan Zaremba, the Dean of the St. Petersburg Deanery for the Serbian Orthodox Diocese of Eastern America. His concelebratnts were: V. Rev. Proto-Stavrophor Fr. Jovan Todorovic from St. George Clearwater Church, who gifted the Holy Gospel for the new church, V. Rev. Proto-Stavrophor Fr. Milan Stojanovic, also from St. George Clearwater, V. Rev. Proto Fr. Svetozar Veselinovic, from St. Simeon Church, North Miami, V. Rev. Proto Dragan Zaric, the head of St. George Church in Clearwater, V. Rev. Konstantin Simeonides, the head of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Maitland, our neighbour who gifted our new church with eight main icons for the iconostasis, V. Rev. Fr. Nebojsa Grdinic, Serb who serves in St. John Chrysostomos Greek Orthodox Church in Martin County, V. Rev. Fr. Nicholas Regos, from Romanian Orthodox Church, Rev. Fr. Stanislav Kravljaca, the head of St. King Milutin Church in Jacksonville, as well as our priest Fr. Ljubisa Brnjos.
On the photo: Fr. Dragan Zaric, Fr. Stanislav Kravljaca, Fr. Jovan Todorovic, Fr. Ljubisa Brnjos, Fr. Konstantin Simeonides, Fr. Stefan Zaremba, Fr. Milan Stojanovic, Fr. Nebojsa Grdinic, Fr. Nicholas Regos and Fr. Svetozar Veselinovic
Following the Divine Liturgy the dome and cross were blessed after which it was raised on top of the church. The dome, which was constructed on groud and covered in copper, was raised by a crane and with much precision placed on the roof of the church to the great amazement of the faithful. Afterward the cross was also raised, accompanied by hundreds of cameras of the faithful in attendance.
This historic day in Orlando was completed with a lunch, a folklore program and speeches, the event was made all the more special through the attendance of representatives of the Serbian Embassy in Washington.
Monetary contributions were collected on this occasion for the continuing of the construction of the church. We wish to thank all of those help us in this God-pleasing act with the wish and hope and we come together again for a similar event.
Church Board President
Photo Gallery from the Celebration, here