This Coming Sunday - October 17
The New Feast Day of the
“Synaxis of the Holy Doctors”
On July 21, 2021, the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, which was presided over by His All-Holiness, discussed and commended the self-sacrificing and vital dedication of those that serve in the area of Medicine and Health, especially during the present Pandemic.
Because of this, the Holy Synod decided to institute the “Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Doctors”. The Feast will be celebrated every year on the Sunday that is nearest to that of the Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Unmercenaries (October 17th) and that of St. Luke the Apostle, Evangelist and Doctor (October 18th). On the “Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Doctors”, the Church will honor the contribution made by Medical Science and those that have dedicated their lives to the health and healing of mankind.
A Patriarchal Encyclical and the Service of the Feast Day, written by Metropolitan Kyrillos of Rhodes, will be sent out in the coming days.
We encourage the Metropolises, together with the Representatives and Friends of the Patriarchal Network to announce and promote this announcement so that the “Feast of the Synaxis of the Holy Doctors” will be celebrated with due splendor and so that those that serve in the area of Medicine and Health can be honored accordingly.
Network of the Ecumenical Patriarchate for Pastoral Health Care
October 12, 2021