Christmas in Baghdad

St George’s Baghdad welcomed regulars and visitors at a Christmastide eucharist on 27 December.
Diplomats from the British embassy led by Mr James Downer, Deputy Head of Mission, joined local communicants. Several tribal leaders were also present, and one of the sheikhs delivered a speech praising the role of Christians in Iraq’s past and the need for their continued presence now.
The state-affiliated television channel Al Iraqiya, which afterwards interviewed Canon Faiz Jerjes, the parish priest, along with Dawlat Abouna, churchwarden, and Sa’ad Hazzim, musician, recorded the service for transmission.