On Sunday, June 16, 2013, Subdeacon Jonathan Bannon was ordained to the Holy Diaconate through the laying on of hands by His Grace, Bishop Gregory of Nyssa at St. John the Baptist Orthodox Church in Bridgeport, CT.
A vocation of Saint John the Baptist Church in Bridgeport, Deacon Jonathan had the double blessing of being the first ordination to Holy Orders of Bishop Gregory and it taking place in his home parish.
Posted photos, courtesy of Mrs. Jill Fazekas, Anthony Ruggerio and Michael Stan show scenes from the Sunday Hierarchical Liturgy and ordination.
The beautiful interior of St. John The Baptist Church.
"You have entered O Archpriest....." His Grace, Bishop Gregory enters St. John's Church to celebrate the Hierarchical Liturgy.
Very Rev. Protopresbyter David Cochran, Pastor of St. John's and Mr. Dennis Kaputa, President of the Parish Board of Directors, greet Bishop Gregory in the Church Narthex.
"Wisdom... Most Holy Birth-giver of God Save Us..."
Bishop Gregory delivers the homily.
Prior to his ordination to the Diaconate, Deacon Jonathan, expresses his gratitude to Almighty God, his family and his Bishop for their love and support which gave him the courage to answer our Lord's call to Holy Orders.
Protopresbyter David Cochran and Protodeacon Anthony Kruge, lead Sub Deacon Jonathan around the altar.
"The Grace Divine fills that which is imperfect."
The moment of ordination.
Axios! - Bishop Gregory presents Deacon Jonathan with the Diaconal Cuffs.
Axios! His Grace, Bishop Gregory presents Deacon Jonathan with the Diaconal Cuffs.
Axios! Bishop Gregory presents Deacon Jonathan with the diaconal stole.
Deacon Jonathan gives Holy Communion to his wife Marianna
Assisting His Grace at the Altar.
Protopresbyter David Cochran offers words of welcome and gratitude at the conclusion of Divine Liturgy.
Deacon Jonathan with family members.
Deacon Jonathan Bannon and his wife Marianna.
Bishop Gregory with concelebrating Clergy and Parish Altar Boys.
Sara Cochran presented His Grace, Bishop Gregory with a bouquet of flowers on behalf of the Parish Church School Students.
Bishop Gregory and Deacon Jonathan and Marianna Bannon were honored at a Brunch, following Divine Liturgy.