Georgian Patriarch holding solemn liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
Publish Time: 2017-10-14 13:22:00
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is holding a solemn liturgy at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta town on the occasion of Mtskhetoba church celebration marked on October 14. Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili and other members of the Georgian government as well as Davit Narmania, Tbilisi Mayor arrived in Mtskheta. Marking of Mtskhetoba has been restored since 1991. It is declared as a day-off.
Holy Synod session over
Publish Time: 2017-10-11 14:37:00
The Holy Synod session is over at the Patriarchate of Georgia. The archbishops are leaving the building but none of them has made any comment at all. Therefore, the topics discussed at the session remain unknown. Archbishop Grigol will reportedly make a statement over the decision made by the Synod. He served as Secretary during the sitting.
Meeting of Holy Synod begins
Publish Time: 2017-10-11 12:03:00
The sitting of Holy Synod begins at Georgian Patriarchate. Issues to be discussed as per the working agenda are not known. Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II will head the sitting traditionally. Members of Holy Synod are already gathering at Patriarchate. The meeting of Holy Synod is held twice every year.
The Orthodox World celebrates the assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary on September 21
Update Time: 2017-09-21 16:17:00
The Orthodox World celebrates the assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary on September 21. A holy liturgy for the holiday was offered by the Patriarch of all Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude, Ilia II. Patriarch Ilia of Georgia Baptizes Another 661 Children today.
Assumption of Virgin Mary celebrated today - Catholicos Patriarch conducted Divine Liturgy at the Sioni Cathedral
Update Time: 2017-08-28 20:40:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church as well as the whole Orthodox Christendom celebrates Assumption of Virgin Mary on August 28. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II has conducted Divine Liturgy at the Sioni Cathedral.Ilia II congratulated the whole Georgia on the day and blessed the parish.The representatives of the executive and legislative authorities attended the church service.
Orthodox Church celebrates Assumption of Virgin Mary on August 28
Publish Time: 2017-08-28 10:12:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church as well as the whole Orthodox Christendom celebrates Assumption of Virgin Mary on August 28. St. Mary’s day is a great holiday after Trinity Day in Orthodox World. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is conducting Divine Liturgy at the Sioni Cathedral.The Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, representatives of the executive and legislative authorities are attending the Liturgy. Three St. Mary’s days from the twelve great holidays are marked- birth, Assumption (preparing for holiday with feast) and Taking St. Mary to temple. These days are dedicated to St. Mary. Feast day for Assumption of Virgin Mary launches on August 14 and ends on August 28. Georgia is St. Mary’s country and day of Assumption of Mary is always a big holiday for Georgians.
U.S. Department of State releases report on freedom of religion and situation in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-08-16 11:18:00
The constitution provides for “complete freedom of religion,” separation of church and state, and equality for all regardless of religion. It prohibits persecution on the basis of religion. Laws and policies grant the Georgian Orthodox Church (GOC) privileges not accorded to any other religious group, including legal immunity for the GOC Patriarch and a consultative role in education. During the year, the government investigated 19 cases involving alleged crimes committed on the basis of religious intolerance, - reads the U.S. Religious Freedom report that also refers to Georgia.‘Nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and the Public Defender’s Office (PDO) reported a lack of effective investigations into crimes motivated by religious hatred remained a major problem,’ the report says.According to the report, the government announced the opening of the first Muslim prayer house for members of the armed forces, but only the GOC continued to have chapels in prisons.‘NGOs and minority religious groups also expressed continued concern over what they said was favoritism towards the GOC in the restitution of buildings confiscated by the state in the Soviet era, and said the government continued inadequately to address acts of religious intolerance and discrimination in favor of the GOC in public schools,’ the document reads.As the report says, there were reports of violence against religious minorities. Jehovah’s Witnesses reported 11 physical assaults on its members.‘The U.S. Ambassador and embassy officers continued to meet regularly with senior government officials, including SARI leadership, the prime minister’s adviser for human rights and gender equality, and the president’s adviser for minority issues, to encourage dialogue between the government and minority religious groups,’ the report remarks.
Holy Apostles Peter and Paul Day marked in Georgia
Publish Time: 2017-07-12 13:17:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks Day of Holy Apostles Peter and Paul on July 12. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II held a festive liturgy at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral.
Patriarch: Constitutional monarchy brings peace
Publish Time: 2017-06-18 13:49:00
Georgia is the oldest monarchy, constitutional monarchy brings peace, - Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said the in the Sunday Sermon at the Holy Trinity Cathedral today."Georgia is the oldest country with the oldest culture. Perhaps we should think about who we were in the past, who we are today and who we will be in the future. Georgia is the oldest monarchy. Thanks to God, we were ruled by the King. Today there is constitutional monarchy in many countries, which means that there are kings but they do not rule the country. Constitutional monarchy brings peace. It will not happen today, but we must analyze the past, present and future,” - Patriarch said.He expressed hope that Georgian people will find a way to establish peace.
Orthodox Church marks Ascension Day
Publish Time: 2017-05-25 09:05:00
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks Ascension Day.A festive prayer will be conducted at all acting churches across the country on this occasion. Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II will conduct the church service at Ascension Church. The Ascension is one of the great feasts in the Christian liturgical calendar, and commemorates the bodily Ascension of Jesus into Heaven. Ascension Day is always Thursday (the fortieth day from Easter).
Georgian Muslims protest over decision of Batumi City Hall
Update Time: 2017-05-12 20:39:00
Georgian Muslims are protesting over the decision of Batumi City Hall which declined issuing the permit on construction of a mosque. The initiative group members gathered today to discuss future action plan. They plan to file a complaint in the court.
St. George Day marked in Afghanistan
Update Time: 2017-05-06 16:38:00
Georgian soldiers serving their peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan marked St. George Day at Bagram Aviation Military Base. Georgian Battalion’s Capelin Father Zaza Sosiashvili gave a liturgy. The 23rd Battalion of Second Infantry Brigade has been serving in Resolute Support Mission since April, 2017.
Orthodox Church Celebrates Octave Day of Easter or Low Sunday
Update Time: 2017-04-23 16:16:00
Orthodox Church celebrates Octave Day of Easter or Low Sunday Today. Liturgy is being delivered in all Temples and Churches today.Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II is being delivered liturgy in St. Trinity Temple today. The first Sunday after Easter is known as renewal of the resurrection. From this Week and each Sunday after this is updated as a celebration and is devoted to the Lord. That’s why the orthodox Christians gather in the church every Sunday.
Bright Week starts from today
Update Time: 2017-04-17 16:12:00
Georgia’s Orthodox Church celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ during whole week since Easter and this week is called the Bright Week. Festive liturgies on this occasion are being held at all active churches across Georgia. On the first day of the week of Magnificent Easter Seven, the Georgian Orthodox Church marks the date of blessing of graves. Church services for commemoration of souls of the dead people are held this day at all acting churches across Georgia.
Festive liturgies were held at all active churches across Georgia
Update Time: 2017-04-16 16:39:00
Today is Easter – the central religious holiday in the Christian liturgical year. Festive liturgies on this occasion were held at all active churches across Georgia last night. The Holy Fire that came down from Christ’s Sepulture in Jerusalem, was brought to Tbilisi late last night. The fire was distributed among all churches from where people could take it home and try to keep it lit during the whole year.
Christendom world Celebrates Easter
Update Time: 2017-04-16 16:10:00
Christendom world Celebrates Easter. According to Christian scripture, Jesus Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion on Easter Sunday.Festive liturgies on this occasion were held at all active churches across Georgia last night. The divine church service began at St. Trinity temple at 11 PM and was conducted by Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. The Easter Epistle of the Patriarch was then read out. The believers were celebrating Easter during the whole night. The Holy Fire that came down from Christ’s Sepulture in Jerusalem, was brought to Tbilisi late last night.
Easter Epistle read to believers
Update Time: 2017-04-16 16:10:00
Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II released traditional Easter Epistle on the occasion of Easter. It was read to believers at the Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral in Tbilisi.The Patriarch focused on the several issues. He talked about the sins and regret. Ilia II also underlined the problems concerning to despair and suicide.
Easter Church service at Kanda Temptle to be held in Georgian-Aramaic language
Publish Time: 2017-04-15 20:45:00
Easter church service will be held at all acting churches across Georgia tonight. Twenty-five kilometers away from Tbilisi, the church service will be conducted at Kanda village temple in Georgian-Aramaic language. People from various regions of Georgia and other countries are expected to arrive to attend the service. Father Seraphime will give the service.
Holy Fire to be brought to Georgia at 23:30
Update Time: 2017-04-15 20:07:00
The Georgian delegation will bring the Holy Fire to Georgia at 23:30 tonight. It will be delivered at Sameba (Holy Trinity) Cathedral. After that it will be distributed to all churches and then the believers will have the opportunity to take it home. Festive liturgy will be held by Catholicos Patriarch, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II. The believers of whole Christendom celebrate coming of Easter.
Miracle of Holy Saturday occurs -- Holy Fire descended from Christ’s tomb
Publish Time: 2017-04-15 20:05:00
The miracle of Holy Saturday awaited by thousands of believers has occurred - Holy Fire descended from Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem at 15: 22 Tbilisi time. Jerusalem Patriarch Theophilos brought out the Holy Fire. The worshippers gathered in Jerusalem and whole Christendom celebrate coming of Easter. The Georgian delegation will bring the Holy Fire to Georgia at 23:30. It will be distributed in churches and then the believers will have the opportunity to take it home.Today is Holy Saturday – The Saturday of Holy Week, also known as the Great Sabbath, Black Saturday, or Easter Eve, is the day after Good Friday. It is the day before Easter and the last day of Holy Week in which Christians prepare for Easter. It commemorates the day when Jesus Christ's body lay in the tomb and the Harrowing of Hell.