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« on: October 15, 2010, 01:16:17 PM »

On October 14, 2010, the Day of the Holy Robe and the Life-Giving Pillar (Svetitsovloba), Orthodox Georgia celebrated the millennium of its main cathedral ‘Svetitshoveli’ in the old Georgian capital city of Mtskheta. At the same time, the Church celebrated the 1700th anniversary of the first church built in the place where the Robe of the Lord was buried.

In the Cathedral of the Twelve Apostles ‘Svetitshoveli’, which was built by King George I with the blessing of Patriarch-Catholicos Melchizedek I in the period from 1010-1029 at the place where the first Christian church was built in Georgia in the 4th century, the Divine Liturgy was celebrated by His Holiness and Beatitude Iliya II, Catholic-Patriarch of All Georgia. Among his concelebrants were Archbishop Anastasios of Tirana and All Albania and Archbishop Christopher of the Czech Lands and Slovakia, members of the Local Orthodox Churches’ delegations, and hierarchs and clergy of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

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