1000th anniversary of Nikortsminda church to be celebrated in Georgia

Moscow, August 4, 2016

 

A number of jubilee events will be held August 6-7 in the
mountain region of Racha (Georgia), honoring the 1000th
anniversary of the building of the Nikortsminda church,
reports Interpressnews.ge. The events
will be attended by Catholics-Patriarch of All Georgia
Ilia II.

According to Igumen Dionysius Bordzikula of the
Nikorstminda Diocese, the millennial jubilee of the church
occurred in 2014, but at that time funds were not found to
commemorate it in a fitting manner.

 

“When the diocesan cathedral of Nikorstminda was
headed by Bishop Vakhtang (Liparteliani) it was decided to
properly celebrate this glorious historical date. The
planned events are scheduled to take place over the course
of two days—August 6-7,” said Igumen
Dionysius.

As part of the program, on August 6 at 10 AM will be the
opening of the church of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of
God which is being finished in the city of Ambrolauri. The
Patriarch of Georgia will arrive to the consecrated church
at 2 PM and serve a Moleben there. On the same day at 6 PM
there will be an exhibition at the Ambrolauri House of
Culture dedicated to clerics whose activity was connected
with Racha.

“Of importance will be the exhibition with the
inclusion of archival material, including that stored in
the Kutaisi Museum. The Patriarch of Georgia will open the
exhibition. On the program for the opening day is also
included the presentation of the building project of a
monastery and the bishop’s residence,” Fr.
Dionysius noted.

On August 7 at 10 AM Catholics-Patriarch Ilia II together
with members of the Holy Synod of the Georgian Orthodox
Church will serve the festive Liturgy in honor of the 1000
year anniversary of Nikorstminda. Georgian Prime Minister
George Kvirikashvili and members of government will be
present at the Liturgy.

At 2 PM is scheduled the consecration of the territory
designated for the building of the Nikorstminda episcopal
residency and monastery complex, with a presentation on
the development of the Racha region.

At 6 PM on a specially-constructed stage will begin a
concert of the symphonic orchestra named for Evgeny
Mikeladze under the direction of composer and conductor
Nikoloza Rachveli. Taking part in the concert are
vocalists native to Racha: the ensemble of Church singers
of the Sameba Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, singer Nani
Bregvadze, recently celebrating his 80th birthday, soprano
Anita Rachvelishvili, baritone George Gagnidze and other
famous performers.

“It will be an extraordinary celebration. Racha
cannot recall such a magnitude of celebration since the
arrival here of the classicist of Georgian literature of
two centuries ago, Akakia Tsereteli, author of the
immortal verses of the song ‘Suliko,’”
Igumen Dionysius told journalists.

The Nikorstminda Cathedral has been submitted for
inclusion in the UNESCO world heritage list.

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