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A liturgy in Georgian and Russian in the Cathedral of St. Andrew the First-Called in Moscow2008-10-31 16:45
On Sunday, November,2nd , in Moscow, in the Cathedral of St. Andrew the First-Called, a liturgy in Georgian and Russian takes place, reports Georgia Online.gt-en-newsitem-inside
The liturgy begins on 9 p.m., the participants are Russian, Abkhasian and Georgian parishes.
After the events occurred in August, 2008, the Russian Orthodox Church showed profound concern of the status of the Orthodox Church in Abkhasia and South Ossetia. Hierarchs of the Russian Orthodox Church continuously called the Georgian Church to care for souls of South Ossetians and Abkhasians more.
As Nicolay Riabykh, the i.A. Church and Society Relationships Secretary of the Department for External Church Relations of the Moscow Patriarchate said in his recent interview to The Subbota (Latvia), on the one hand, " Russian Church might had restored a care for souls in South Ossetia and Abkhasia, as it was far from political conflicts and had no direct interest in its spheres of influence in these regions ". " But whether Ossetaians and Abkhasians stay Christian or not - it depends on the way the Georgian Church, that previously cared for their souls, will understand the situation. It's Georgian Church that has to make the decision driven by care for people", - Father Georgiy underlined.
But the visit of the Georgian Orthodox Church delegation on November, 4th can clear up the position of Georgian church authorities towards Orthodox South Ossetians and Abkhasians. The delegation's visit was blessed by the Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia, Alexy II and the Catholicos- Patriarch of all Georgia, Ilia.
The delegation comprises: the Head of the Foreign Department of Georgian Church, Mtropolitan of Zugdidi and Tsaish Gerasim, Mitropolitan of Poti and Hob Grigoriy, the Archbishop of Gori and Samtavisi Andrey, and also an ex-ambassador of Georgia in Russia, Zurab Abashidze.