Thousands process in Georgian capital on Family Purity Day (+VIDEO)

Tbilisi, May 18, 2022

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Thousands of Orthodox faithful processed through the streets of Tbilisi yesterday in honor of Family Purity Day, with the blessing of the greatly beloved Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II.

The holiday was established by Pat. Ilia in 2014, and coincides with the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, which propagandizes in favor of immoral lifestyles. In his homily on Family Purity Day in 2019, the Patriarch explained that the celebration is not an act of aggression against anyone, but emerges from genuine concern for Georgia.

The traditional mass procession was reduced to a convoy of priests the past two years due to the COVID pandemic, but the faithful made a strong showing again this year.

“Georgia is a traditional country, and as in other traditional countries, the strength of the family institution is of special significance for us. That’s why the society always celebrates it with great joy,” writes the Georgian Patriarchate press service.

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This year’s procession was also dedicated to peace in Georgia, Ukraine, and around the world.

Last week, on May 11, a group of clergy crossed the Georgian-Turkish border with the Atskuri Icon of the Mother of God, headed for Tbilisi. Yesterday, the icon arrived at the Kashveti Church of St. George in central Tbilisi, where the Patriarchal Locum Tenens Metropolitan Shio of Senaki and Chkhorotsqu served the Divine Liturgy, after which the procession started, headed for the Sioni Cathedral, where an exhibition of works by children, dedicated to the themes of family and peace was displayed.

“We must do everything to preserve” the sanctity of the family, “because the destruction of the family is the destruction and extinction of the nation; as the condition of the family is, so is the condition of the nation,” Met. Shio preached.

Participants were blessed by Pat. Ilia from the balcony of the Patriarchal residence.

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Editor6/2/2022 3:45 pm
Anthony: Could you please send your comments with the correct spelling?
JohnF5/19/2022 2:01 am
Glory be to God! There is no 'luck' Mr. Benjamin, they are faithful and have survived centuries of persecutions! The garden of the Theotokos - only a few generations and things can turn around - read the story of St Gabriel, and how dark Georgia was just coming out of communism - then - as St Paisios says, straighten ourselves out FIRST - that pulls and straightens out another particle which we don't see. If we aren't struggling ourselves, we are co-responsible. The great idol worship of european 'technology' and 'civilization' has built its own massive trap of lunatic nihilism, which (as Met. Neophytos says) we are God-willing seeing the violent death of that Nihilism. No matter how much we American converts may complain about supposed slack-cradle Orthodox - they KEPT the faith and we SPURNED it. They survived pagans, turks and now are struggling under the materialist euro-western spirit and NATO yoke. May the Lord grant us repentance and Orthodoxy blooms in poor America, Europe, Canada, Australia.
Gabriel5/18/2022 8:20 pm
My patron, Gabriel (Urgebadze) of Georgia, prophesized that his nation of Georgia would never fully come under the rule of the antiChrist. Take that however you chose, but displays like this lead me to think he may be right.
Benjamin5/18/2022 2:55 pm
Georgians have no idea how lucky they are to have an actual homogenous, conservative, and cohesive culture like this. Everything is so divided here in the USA and only becoming more-so as time goes on
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