All Saints of Georgia

Commemorated December 11/24

Memory 11 (24) December

Saving examined the history of Georgia and the hagiographical treasures attesting to the faith of the Georgian nation, we become convinced that Heavenly Georgia — the legion of Georgian saints, extolling the Lord in the Heavenly Kingdom with a single voice — is infinitely glorious. It is unknown how many cleansed themselves of their earthly sins in merciless warfare with the enemy of Christ, or how many purified their souls in unheated cells through prayer, fasting, and ascetic labors. To God alone are known the names of those ascetics, forgotten by history, who by their humble labors tirelessly forged the future of the Georgian Church and people.

St. Giorgi of the Holy Mountain wrote: “From the time we recognized the one true God, we have never renounced Him, nor have our people ever yielded to heresy.”

A decree of the Church Council of Ruisi-Urbnisi states: “We will not depart from thee, the Catholic Church which bore us in holiness, nor will we betray thee, our pride — Orthodoxy — to which we have always been faithful, for we have been granted the honor to know thee, the witness of the Truth Itself!” This relationship to Orthodoxy is the cornerstone of the life of every Georgian believer.

It is impossible to count the names of all those Christians who have been raised up from the earthly Church in Georgia to the heavens, let alone to describe all the godly deeds they have performed. For this reason December 11 has been set aside for the commemoration not only of the saints whose Lives are known to us but also of the nearly three hundred more whose names, but not stories, have been preserved as well.

Most Georgian people bear the name of a saint who is commemorated on this day, and they entreat the saint to intercede before the Lord in their behalf.

Having ascended from the Georgian Church to the Heavenly Kingdom, O Holy Martyrs and Venerable Fathers and Mothers, pray to God for us!

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

12/24/2007

See also
Synaxarion for the Sunday of All Saints Synaxarion for the Sunday of All Saints Synaxarion for the Sunday of All Saints Synaxarion for the Sunday of All Saints
"I sing the praise of each friend of my Lord, If any would, let them now list them all." Our most godlike Fathers decreed that we should celebrate the present feast after the descent of the All-holy Spirit, as showing in a certain way that the coming of the All-holy Spirit acted through the Apostles like this: sanctifying and making wise human beings taken from our mortal clay and, for the completion of that fallen angelic order, restoring them and through Christ sending them to God.
Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints
Igumen Zacchaeus (Wood)
Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints Sermon for the Sunday of All Saints
Igumen Zacchaeus (Wood)
We must leave the things "of this world", those things that interfere with our path towards sanctity, no matter what they are, if we are to inherit eternal life. Christ does not tell us not to love the things that are good, but rather He instructs us not to love them "more than" we love Him. This teaching could be applied to many things.
Homily on the Sunday of All Saints: On the Signs of God’s Chosen Homily on the Sunday of All Saints: On the Signs of God’s Chosen
St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
Homily on the Sunday of All Saints: On the Signs of God’s Chosen Homily on the Sunday of All Saints: On the Signs of God’s Chosen
St. Ignatius (Brianchaninov)
Confession requires decisive self-denial. It must be triumphant. It must be made as if in the open arena, before all mankind, before angels, saints, and fallen angels, before the gaze of earth and heaven. For we are made a spectacle unto the world, and to angels, and to men (1 Cor. 4:9), as the Apostle Paul says of himself and the rest of the Holy Apostles.
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