Sunday of Synaxis of the Holy Doctors

Sunday of Synaxis of the Holy Doctors


Sunday of Synaxis of the Holy Doctors
October 22, 2023

With the blessings of His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate designated the celebration the Sunday following the Sunday of the Holy Fathers of the 7th Ecumenical Synod as the Sunday of the Synaxis of all the Holy Doctors. This year, that is the Sunday of the 22nd of October.

The establishment of this Feast fully conveys the Mother Church’s interest and concern regarding Health; its spiritual care for every person that is sick and that is suffering.  It brings to light the contribution of medical professionals and health care providers. Together with this, it stresses the need for dialogue and cooperation between Medicine and the Church.  Mostly, it evangelizes the joyful message of philanthropy, the healing that takes place through the divine grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father and the communion of the Holy Spirit.

The Service of the Feast of the Snyaxis of the Holy Doctors has been published Network for the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care.   The service was eloquently and beautifully written by His Eminence, Kyrillos Metropolitan of Rhodes, who is also the President of the Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care. In order to better understand the service, we have included a Modern Greek and English translation in the publication. The English translation was done by His Grace, Spyridon (Kezios), Bishop of Amastris, and the Modern Greek translation was done by the very capable philologist and professor Andreas Moratos. The Service can be ordered by sending an email to or calling +30 210 32 24 819. (Efforts are being made for it to be sold soon in the United States, Europe and Australia, to avoid shipping costs. We will inform you accordingly!)

We hope that this year, the Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Doctors will be celebrated with great splendor. Additionally, we hope that with this celebration, that all local Churches will express the concern that the Mother Church has for health issues, for those suffering illness together with their families. We encourage you on this day to honor all of your doctors and nurses and health care professionals with special recognition.

May the prayers and intercessions of the Holy Doctors relieve every human pain and cure every illness. May they protect and strengthen all doctors and therapists, together will all those who care for the health of body and soul, so that they may continue their worthy work, which is most favorable to God.

The Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care

October 13, 2023