An avenue now named after great Georgian elder Gabriel (Urgebadze)

Tbilisi, November 6, 2014

The city (municipal) council of Tbilisi has announced the renaming of Kokutsa Cholokashvili Avenue. Cholokashvili (1888-1930) is regarded as a national Georgian hero, one of the leading opponents of bolshevism.

From now on this avenue will bear the name of the saintly Orthodox Archimandrite Gabriel (Urgebadze).

    

The section of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Street adjacent to the Cholokashvili Avenue is named after him as well, reports Blagovest.info with the reference to Sana.ge.

As the Committee for the names and symbols of city council chairwoman Lia Jakhvelidze has explained, the new junction between entrance to the racecourse and the former Trans-Caucasian Military District building will be named after Kokutsa Cholokashvili.

It was the holy archimandrite’s sister and 3,000 parishioners of Georgian churches together with her who appealed to the Georgian Patriarchate and the municipal authority with the request to rename Cholokashvili Avenue to St. Gabriel Avenue.

With the blessing of Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of All Georgia the avenue where Venerable Blessed Gabriel used to live has been renamed in his memory, and near his house in which the saint built a house church, a new church will be constructed.

It will be already the second church in Georgia dedicated to St. Gabriel.

As a mark of respect for the memory of Georgian national hero Kakutsa Cholokashvili, for immortalization of his name the city council has chosen a location where a public garden as well as a square in his memory might be built.

Pravoslavie.ru

11/7/2014

See also
Holy Relics of Venerable Gabriel (Urgebadze) being translated to Samtavro Convent Holy Relics of Venerable Gabriel (Urgebadze) being translated to Samtavro Convent Holy Relics of Venerable Gabriel (Urgebadze) being translated to Samtavro Convent Holy Relics of Venerable Gabriel (Urgebadze) being translated to Samtavro Convent
It was planned that the saint’s relics would stay at the Sameba Cathedral for just a week, but due to an unbelievable influx of the faithful, desiring to venerate their beloved elder's relics, the Patriarchate of Georgia made the decision, "to prolong the stay of Relics of Holy Confessor Gabriel (Urgebadze) the “fool-for-Christ" at the Sameba Cathedral for an extra several weeks".
Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered Relics of a great Georgian saint, elder Gabriel (Urgebadze), uncovered
On February 22, 2014, in the Georgian town of Mtskheta—the former capital of the early Georgian kingdom of Iberia—a significant event happened at the Samtavro Convent, which Orthodox Christians of Georgia and all over the world had waited with great reverence and love. The holy relics of the great elder and wonder-worker, Blessed Father Gabriel (Urgebadze), fool-for-Christ, were uncovered.
Father Gabrieli Father Gabrieli
Elder Gabriel (Urgebadze): His Life, Miracles, and Service after his Death; Larisa Khrustalyeva
Father Gabrieli Father Gabrieli
Elder Gabriel (Urgebadze): His Life, Miracles, and Service after his Death
Larisa Khrustalyeva
Coming to the starets at his grave every day, I noticed that you could feel a special grace and tranquility. You don’t think about anything, nothing comes to your mind, you don’t worry about anything. There is extraordinary peace in your soul.
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