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Repentance. Century 212009-04-29 14:38
In the late 1980s Tengiz Abuladze, a Georgian film director showed the people of one-sixth of the world (a proud definition of the USSR) a way to church. Though the epoch of changes has brought many people there a way to spirituality is as difficult and thorny as before. Today Tengiz Abuladze's compatriots almost thirty years after the release of his legendary Repentance movie will have to pass the spirituality exam.
On April 28 on the initiative of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II all churches and cathedrals in the country will offer the prayer of repentance. As reported by Rosbalt with reference to the Patriarchate of Georgia to repent of "one's behavior, one's sinful life" is "the major sacrament of the church". Repentance is the way to salvation. The Church fathers call repentance "a second christening", "a renewal of christening". Translated into modern language this is admission of one's errors in order to avoid their repetition. Will the Georgian authorities and opposition to whom Ilia II's appeal was addressed confess their faults?
All of them will come to church. This is common practice nowadays. However a lit candle is not always a way to spirituality, forgiveness and understanding. For it became clear on April 27 that all political opponents had their own understanding of "repentance" and heard what they wanted to hear...
Way of Georgia leader, ex Foreign Minister of Georgia Salome Zurabishvili asked the people to forgive her for assuring everyone at the time of her work as minister that the country was led by the young democratic force. Another opposition leader of Movement for United Georgia Eka Beselia stated Catholicos Patriarch Ilia II's appeal for forgiveness prayers "was interpreted in the wrong way". According to her the Patriarch didn't mean that the authorities and opposition should stand by each other praying in church.
Oppositionists will go to Kashveti in front of the parliament for the 6-o'clock prayer. The authorities will most probably go to the Sameba Cathedral (Holy Trinity). Is it really that important who will go and to what church?
The scenes from Tengiz Abuladze's legendary film spring to mind. Georgia, a dear country blooming with flowers, colors and emotions, is following its "idol", Varlam Aravidze, an important man, to his grave. Then every day afterwards his body will be found near Avel's home. Ketevan Barateli gives confessionary evidence to the judges: it's her who is torturing the tyrant's body and soul taking revenge for her parents destroyed by Aravidze. But the judges can't understand what Ketevan is telling about. Life is so good and generous - why worry about crimes of the past?