Holy Catholicos Mamai (†744)

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Holy Catholicos Mamai Holy Catholicos Mamai
Holy Catholicos Mamai

Saint Mamai served as chief shepherd of the Georgian faithful from 731 to 744.

The information we have about his life is scarce, but it is known that St.Mamai was abbot of ZedazeniMonastery and died a martyr for Christ.

Outstanding in his achievements and endowed with profound spiritual wisdom, St. Mamai was enthroned as Catholicos of Georgia at a time when the catholicos and the Georgian king were frequently the first victims of invading armies.

We rejoice in thy memory, O Holy Hierarch Mamai, and ask thee to beseech God to send down upon us His rich and abundant mercy. By thy holy prayers embrace us with thine eternal love!

Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze


For further information on the book THE LIVES OF THE GEORGIAN SAINTS by Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze contact St. Herman Press:
St. Herman Press, P.O. Box 70, Platina, CA 96076
http://www.stherman.com/catalog/chapter_five/Lives_of_the_georgian_saints.htm

5/21/2007

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