MUSCAT: Dr. Abraham Mar Epiphanios, Metropolitan of Sultan Bathery Diocese, will be the chief celebrant for this year’s Holy Week services to be held at Mar Gregorios Orthodox Church, Ruwi. This will be the metropolitans maiden visit to Muscat as Bishop.
The Holy Week kicks off with a prayer and Holy Qurbana on March 25th evening followed by Vachanippuu Perunnal. Catholicate Day celebrations will be on the next day (Friday) which precedes the Holy Qurbana. Friday is the general holiday in the Gulf.
On Saturday will be the Evening prayer and Palm Sunday service.
There will be evening prayer and devotional address on Passion days. Pessaha service will be on March 31, evening prayer and feet washing service and Good Friday services will be on April 1 and 2nd.
Holy Easter Service and Holy Qurbana will be on April 3rd at 9 am and 7 pm respectively. Since Sundays are working days in the Gulf, the Easter services will be held on Saturday night.
The metropolitan will also be the chief celebrant at Palm Sunday service. The Holy Week programmes will conclude with Easter service on April 3 from 7 pm.
Elaborate arrangements have been made for the Holy Week services.
Metropolian will also visit St Stephens Orthodox Church in Salalah and deliver Holy Qurbana on First Sunday on April 9.
Metropolitan Abraham Mar Epiphanios was given a warm welcome upon arrival at Muscat International Airport on March 24 by Vicar Fr James Geevarghese, managing committee members and parishioners.