Traces of the fire remained on the church floor for a long time, and all the victims were canonized as the Kvatakhevo Martyrs in the eighteenth century. Since then, no woman has set foot in Kvatakhevo. Only men are allowed to enter, to avoid desecrating the memory of innocently murdered nuns.
I met with a friend not long ago. She relocated from Tbilisi to Moscow many years ago, but she comes home every summer. She has been a churchgoer for a long time, but her parents joined the faith when they were already on the threshold of eternity. I wanted to record what I heard. Here is my friend’s story:
In his reminiscences Archimandrite Raphael (Karelin) wrote about Fr. Parten that he was so ingenuous, mild and gentle that he didn’t understand when he was being fooled… “In many ways he resembled the Holy Fathers who preserved the faith in deserts and caves.”
As we celebrate the veneration of the Cross of Christ in the mid-week of Great Lent, we offer our readers these six true stories our own times demonstrating the power of the Cross and the sign of the cross, compiled by Pravoslavie.ru author Maria Saradzhishvili.
When Christmas Eve comes, how we wish for a miracle! And miracles really do happen. These two stories were found for us by Maria Saradzhishvili on the pages of a Georgian periodical. They are not only miraculous examples of God’s Providence in life, but portray the hearts of people filled with great nobility, self-sacrifice, and love. And of course, faith in God.