On December 1st, during the Sunday Liturgy at the Church of St. Alypios in Antalya, His Grace Bishop Ambrosios of Evdokiada, with the blessing of His Eminence Sotirios, Metropolitan of Pisidia and Exarch of Side and Antalya, presided over the ordination to the Diaconate of Reader Sergei Palatnikov. This event brought great joy and spiritual delight to our faithful.

Rev. Fr. Constantine, from the parish in Alanya and Rev. Fr. Vladimir, parish Priest in Antalya concelebrated the Divine Liturgy along with His Grace Ambrosios.

Deacon Sergei was born in Belarus. After finishing his education at the Theological Seminary of Minsk, he studied at the School of Theology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in Greece and now he is in the process of completing his post-graduate studies there. 

His wife Diana is from Ukraine and studies Law at the same University.

After the Divine Liturgy, a festive meal was prepared by the parishioners that was held at the Bishopric Hall.


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