Iraq makes Christmas Day an official nationwide holiday

Iraq makes Christmas Day an official nationwide holiday
Iraq makes Christmas Day an official nationwide holiday
Iraq makes Christmas Day an official nationwide holiday
Iraq makes Christmas Day an official nationwide holiday

Iraq has made Christmas Day a national holiday, its government confirmed this morning. The Iraqi Cabinet approved an amendment to its national holidays law which creates a new official one 'on the occasion of the birth of Jesus Christ'.

Feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India, the Patron Saint of STOTS

Feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India, the Patron Saint of STOTS
Feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India, the Patron Saint of STOTS
Feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India, the Patron Saint of STOTS
Feast of St. Thomas, the apostle of India, the Patron Saint of STOTS

Feast of St. Thomas, the Patron Saint of the Seminary was celebrated on 20th and 21st of December 2018. The Perunnal Kodiyettu was done by His Grace Dr. Abraham Mar Seraphim, Metropolitan of Bangalore Diocese on 16th December 2018 after Holy Qurbana.

Ceremony for the 2nd Anniversary of Aleppo Liberation

Ceremony for the 2nd Anniversary of Aleppo Liberation
Ceremony for the 2nd Anniversary of Aleppo Liberation
Ceremony for the 2nd Anniversary of Aleppo Liberation
Ceremony for the 2nd Anniversary of Aleppo Liberation

On December 23, 2018, upon the invitation of His Excellency Governor of Aleppo Hussein Diab, His Holiness Patriarch Mor Ignatius Aphrem II attended a ceremony on the occasion of the second commemoration of the liberation of Aleppo, at Al-Assad Stadium in Aleppo.

Christmas celebrated in all languages across UAE

Tens of thousands of residents across the UAE will be observing Christmas on December 25. With multiple nationalities in attendance at churches throughout the country, all will be catered to as multilingual vicars and priests will perform services from morning to night.

Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas

Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas
Anglican Community in Belgrade celebrated Christmas

The Anglican Community in Belgrade also this year traditionally held a Christmas mass in the chapel of Simeon the Myrrh-Gusher at the Serbian Patriarchate.

On the Eve of the feast day, 24 December 2018, His Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch attended the Christmas mass officiated by Reverend chaplain Robin Fox. Many believers, mostly employed in the diplomatic corps in certain embassies attended. The festal gathering was attended also by protodeacon Stevan Rapajic, long-standing head of the Patriarchal Chapel, and deacon Aleksandar Prascevic, head of the Office of the Serbian Patriarch.