I am very much eager to post this events here in my blog. This is about the consecration of the new Catholic Church building that has been erected here in the State of Qatar. The consecration rite is held last Saturday 15 of March. It is presided by His Eminence Ivan Cardinal Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. It is a great day for all of us here for we now have a permanent edifice for celebrating the Eucharistic Sacrifice. Here are some of the photos that I have taken though I wasn't able to follow it through since I am busy attending to the medical needs of the faithful there present. This is the best I can post here.

This is the inside view of the Church. This is the main sanctuary of the Church and it can accommodate 2,000 people. At the back of the main sanctuary there are seven small chapels for use in ordinary times by other Catholic rites here present in Qatar, we have here Maronites, Syrian Catholics, Syro-Malabar, Armenian Catholic, Greek Catholic,Chaldean,Coptic and Syro-Malankara rites aside from the Roman Rite. The stained glass panels in the main altar is from an old French church made possible by the former French Ambassador Bertrand Besancenot.

This is the view of the main entrance of the Church. The design of the whole Church has many frame of reference. It is reminiscent of the mantle of our Lady, the large beams inside represents the folds, the chimney at the center of the roof is the collar. This is made so because cross here is still not allowed to be mounted outside in public.

This is the opening rite of consecration the handing of the key of the new Church to the Cardinal celebrant by the Parish Priest.

This is inside as the Rite of Consecration is unfolding which is presided by His Eminence Ivan Cardinal Dias. Indeed I could say "this is the day the Lord has made I rejoice and am glad." Alleluia!

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