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« on: December 22, 2012, 12:59:58 PM »

Archimandrite Gabriel (Urgebadze) (26 August, 1929 Tbilisi – 2 November 1995, Mtskheta, Georgia) was canonized on December 20, 2012 by the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church. His feastday will be celebrated on November 2nd, the day of his repose.

Elder Gabriel opposed the communist regime in Soviet Georgia (former republic of the USSR) and was persecuted by the government for many years. He built a four-cupola church in his yard single-handedly. Monk Gabriel was arrested by Soviet police after he burnt down a huge portrait of Lenin during the parade in Tbilisi, 1965. Tortured by KGB for several months monk Gabriel was eventually released from prison...
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2012, 01:23:25 PM »

Archimandrite Gabriel (Urgebadze) (26 August, 1929 Tbilisi – 2 November 1995, Mtskheta, Georgia) was canonized on December 20, 2012 by the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox Church. His feastday will be celebrated on November 2nd, the day of his repose.

Elder Gabriel opposed the communist regime in Soviet Georgia (former republic of the USSR) and was persecuted by the government for many years. He built a four-cupola church in his yard single-handedly. Monk Gabriel was arrested by Soviet police after he burnt down a huge portrait of Lenin during the parade in Tbilisi, 1965. Tortured by KGB for several months monk Gabriel was eventually released from prison...

Sounds like someone that I would like to venerate.  Thank you for bringing him to our attention.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2012, 01:34:18 PM »

I visited his grave last year. It was packed with pilgrims.

It's surprising that they only waited 17 years to canonise him though.
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2012, 01:35:10 PM »

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« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2012, 02:38:46 PM »

I visited his grave last year. It was packed with pilgrims.

It's surprising that they only waited 17 years to canonise him though.

Unusual, but not unprecedented in that he was so obviously a saint in his earthly life. I believe he was also known to many members of the Georgian Holy Synod, as well as His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Catholicos and Patriarch of all Georgia. If I'm not mistaken, His Holiness and Beatitude's tenure has seen the glorification of more saints than at any other time (with the exception of large numbers of martyrs who didn't need formal glorification), particularly since 1991.
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« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 11:28:20 AM »

I don't think there's a time limit on when a Byzantine Orthodox church can glorify someone - certainly not one that's observed anyways :-). The Copts have a 50-year waiting period I believe, which seems like a good idea regardless of who's under consideration, but to each their own!

I visited his grave last year. It was packed with pilgrims.

It's surprising that they only waited 17 years to canonise him though.
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