Lectures on Georgian studies presented in special section of annual theological conference in Moscow St. Tikhons University

Moscow, November 18, 2010

Metropolitan Andrew of Gori and Samtavisi. Metropolitan Andrew of Gori and Samtavisi.
On November 17, 2010, a thematic section on "Kartvelology: its problems and perspectives" was begun as part of the 21st annual theological conference of the Orthodox St. Tikhon's Humanitarian University, reports the DECR Communication services. Kartvelology is the study of Georgian history and culture.

Participating in the section's work are representatives of the Georgian Patriarchate: Metropolitan Andrew of Gori and Samtavisi, Metropolitan Nikoloz of Akhalkalaki and Kumurdo, V. I. Silogava, Doctor of Historical Sciences (Georgian State University; Georgian University of Apostle Andrew the First-Called) and Z. D. Abashadze, Professor of History Sciences (Georgian University of Apostle Andrew the First-Called).

On the first day, Metropolitan Andrew gave his report on "The theological aspects of the of the rule of the Iberian Petritsonis (Bachkovo) Monastery of Grigol Bakurianidze (Pachuashvili)." Metropolitan Nikoloz gave his report, "Kartvelology, and certain aspects of modern cultural studies" in which he studied the significance of culturalogical factors in Russian-Georgian relationships, after which he presented a documentary film entitled, "My Queen," on the visit to Georgia of a copy of the miracle-working Vladimir icon of the Mother of God, at the blessing of Patriarch Catholicos Ilya of Georgia. On September 8, 2009, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presented the Georgia Church with an exact copy of the Vladimir icon, after a solemn service in the Moscow Church of St. Nicholas in Tolmachi, where the original is kept.

A report by Metropolitan Shio of Senaki and Chkhorotskuon the correspondence of St. Alexiy (Shushanin) with the sisters of Teklat Convent was also read, as were other important reports on the cultural and ecclesiastic life of Georgia.

The Abbot of Donskoy Monastery, Bishop Kirill of Pavlovo-Posad, was among the Russian participants. Within the walls of Donskoy Monastery are the graves of some of the most notable Georgian nobility. The Georgian prince David (+1688) and his brothers Matthew and Alexander (+1711) are buried in the main cathedral of the monastery.

The section on Kartvelology ended on November 18.


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