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Ilia II calls Russia to the monastery

2011-09-19 15:41

Ilia II calls Russia to the monastery. 22137.jpegThe reconciliation between Russia and Georgia moves to the spiritual level. Monastery of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel has appeared at the border between the two countries. During the grand opening of the new cloister the Georgian Patriarch Ilia II said, that it becomes a protector of Sakartvelo and reminds neighboring nations that both of them are the Orthodox. Patriarch hopes for a miracle of reconciliation between the two countries and calls on President Saakashvili to remember, under whose heavenly protection he is.


The fact that two nations, professing the same faith, are living at daggers drawn with each other, is grieving both the Russian Orthodox and the Georgian Orthodox Church. The Patriarch Ilia II decided to remind that Russia and Sakartvelo are connected on a spiritual level. He spoke about the desired peace between the two countries during the grand opening of the Monastery of the Holy Archangels Michael and Gabriel in the Daryal Gorge at the border between the two states.

The monastery was built in 2005 and now finally the works are completed. In honor of the opening of the monastery Patriarch Ilia II conducted a solemn night service. It was attended by Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.

"The monastery is located at the Georgian-Russian border not accidental, it will beome a protector of Georgia, also negotiations at the highest level and meeting between all the Orthodox can be held here ... Most of Russians are Orthodox ... Each guest from Russia, seeing this monastery, will feel relaxed, because he will understand that he has come to the Orthodox country" - the Patriarch said, addressing to the parishioners at the service.

The words of the patriarch are indeed very important for the Orthodox - as for Russians and for Georgians. It has long been known that the monasteries - is not just a place for the monks retired from the world, this is a true cloister, where a real struggle with the "spirits of wickedness in high places" is being carried out. And it is very symbolic that the Patriarch Ilia II calls the Russian and the Georgian sides to the monastery to negotiate, thus emphasizing that despite the political strife, the Russians and Georgians should fight against the spiritual forces of evil together.

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