Orthodox Christmas Mass
His Royal Highness The Prince David of Georgia, attended the Mass
officiated by His Holiness Illias II in the Cathedral of Sameba, on the
occasion of the Orthodox Christmas, which was also attended by thousands
of faithful. The religious celebration was transmitted on television
and was attended not only by the Members of the Holy Synod, but also by
the Minister of Home Affairs Mr. Irakli Gharibashvili and the Minister
for Energy Mr Kakha Kaladze, and lasted all morning.
The Mass was followed by luncheon at the Georgian Patriarchate, with traditional songs and dancing.
Extract from the Epistle by His Holiness the Patriarch Illia II of all Georgia, Christmas Day, 7th January 2013:
"The King was concerned with all of his people, of the nobles, and led and protected with his sword, the territory, his inhabitants and the Church, was a source of spiritual enlightment and ensured the active participation of the peasants, everyone was united in our country, the whole organism lived in its entirety, where everyone had the ability to serve God and country..."