Queen, Saint, and Stateswoman: Commemorating the ‘Lion of Georgia’

Queen, Saint, and Stateswoman: Commemorating the ‘Lion of Georgia’

If anyone insists to you that Christianity represses women or that Christian women are always under the control of oppressive male patriarchs, St. Queen Tamar of Georgia’s life and reign (1160-1213, r. 1178-84 with her father, and as sole monarch from 1184-1213) is one of the most profound historical examples...

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18th OCA All-American Council Begins

18th OCA All-American Council Begins

The 18th All-American Council formally begins today in Atlanta, Georgia. During the course of the week updates will be posted, so please check back regularly whether or not you are attending the council. This posting, from Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Seminary Dean, is focused toward our Alumni: A joint Alumni Reception...

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Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

Georgian Patriarch: We Give Our Children Everything But Don’t Think About Teaching The True Religion

In a recent sermon preached at Holy Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi, His Holiness Ilia II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, emphasized that only spiritual renewal will bring about societal change for the better. Problems such as domestic violence and juvenile delinquency represent a spiritual crisis in family life. “Recently, the government,...

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Georgian Patriarch Will Baptize 600 Babies in Mass Ceremony

Georgian Patriarch Will Baptize 600 Babies in Mass Ceremony

The religious leader of the Georgian Orthodox Church is preparing to baptize about 600 babies in a mass baptism this Sunday. The occasion will be the 37th baby baptism ceremony since he began the occasion in 2008. In this time Patriarch Ilia II has become godfather to 19,136 children. After...

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Georgian Patriarch Asks Media to Stop Traumatizing People with Bad News

Georgian Patriarch Asks Media to Stop Traumatizing People with Bad News

At the Holy Trinity Cathedral, Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia addressed his flock with a Sunday sermon, singling out the journalists and “the establishment”, asking them to stop spreading death propaganda, reports PIA. “Nearly every day there are reports that one man killed another man, a son put his...

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A Modern-Day Monk Living in the Clouds

A Modern-Day Monk Living in the Clouds

There are a variety of kinds of Orthodox Christian monasticism. Some monks live in monasteries with hundreds of fellow monastics; some live in small sketes; others live in extreme isolation as hermits. Throughout the history of the Church, there have even been a variety of types of hermits who live...

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Saving an Ancient Cave Monastery in Georgia

Saving an Ancient Cave Monastery in Georgia

Vardzia, July 10, 2014:  Vardzia is the cave monastery complex of the 12th-13th centuries in the valley of the Kura river, situated about 70 kilometers south of the town of Borjomi. This is an outstanding monument of medieval Georgian architecture. The three-day international seminar, dedicated to the development of plans...

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