Alhambra, CA - On Sunday, April 12, 2015, at the Saint Steven's Cathedral, the Vespers of Agape (Love) was celebrated at noon with the Holy Gospel of the Resurrection read in several languages by His Grace Bishop Maxim, V.Rev. Nicholas Ceko, V. Rev. Ilija Dajkovic, Rev. Norman Kosanovich, and Deacon Zoran Aleksic, emphasizing the universality of Christ's teaching of love and peace.
The responses were sung by the Youth Chorale (ages 7 to 18) and the Cathedral Cantors, all led by Jonathan Braun. At the conclusion of the service, the Patriarch's message was read by the Cathedral Dean, V. Rev. Nicholas Ceko. At the dismissal the faithful received the Easter Greeting and Blessing from His Grace Bishop Maxim. The Pascha Troparion was sung followed by the singing of The Angel Cried.
After the service, more than 1,000 people gathered in the Saint Steven's hall and pavillion, and on the pavillion patio for the afternoon festivities. Those who made reservations for the Banquet enjoyed a delicious lamb dinner, while those who chose to eat outside were treated to the traditional Chevap barbeque. Following the luncheon the children eagerly raced out onto the lawn for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Everyone then enjoyed an afternoon of dancing and fellowship with music provided by Orchestra Srbija from Phoenix, Arizona.