Serbian Orthodox Church Celebrates ChristmasLoading
  • Parishioners leave light candles after a private prayer during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Biblical images are depicted on the hanging chandelier on the second floor during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Father Dane Weir swings burning sage through the church before the start of Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Father Dane Popovich begins Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Led by alter boys, priest Father Dane Popovich and Father Dane Weir enter the church during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • A father and his daughter pay their respects to an image of Jesus Christ during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Parishioners leave light candles after a private prayer during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Parishioners leave light candles after a private prayer during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Alter boys Jovan Gojkovich, Aleksandar Tica, and Gojko Gojkovich stand at attention during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Church pews were full, Milanka Ilic, cq stands during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014.Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • With all the church pews full, parishioners stand in the entryway of the church during Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night, January 6, 2014.Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Milan Jovanovic and his son Nikolai, age 3, are anointed with holy oil by Father Dane Popovich at the end of Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
  • Father Dane Popovich burns a red oak tree branch after blessing the leaves and branches following Christmas Eve service at the Serbian Orthodox Church in Fair Oaks on Monday night. Thousands of Sacramento residents don't celebrate Christmas on December 25th - they observe the 2014 year old Julian calendar, and will be celebrating Christmas Eve on January 6th and Christmas January 7th. Those launching the holiday include Russians, Serbians, Ethiopians and other followers of the Eastern Orthodox Church on three continents.
    Jose Luis Villegas | jvillegas@sacbee.com
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