The feast day of the Cathedral of Doha, Saint Isaac the Syrian, was celebrated again this year with all ecclesiastical splendour. For pastoral reasons however, the feast was moved to Friday October 13, 2023.
On Thursday, October 12, 2023, the great festive Vespers were celebrated, with the blessing of the five loaves (artoklasia). The hymns were chanted by the choir of the Holy Church in Greek and Arabic, in the presence of the new Ambassador of Greece in Doha, Mr. Ioannis Ioannidis, and the Deputy Commander of Defence, Mr. Argirios Kostouros. After the end of the Vespers, a pre-festal banquet was held, at which the church parishioners gathered.
On Friday morning, October 13, 2023, the Matins and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy were held, officiated by His Eminence Archbishop Makarios of Qatar with the participation of the Christian congregation of the local Church.
After the Divine Liturgy, the procession of the Holy Icon of Saint Isaac the Syrian took place.
Source: Patriarchate of Jerusalem