“Georgia is still following the path of Jesus Christ” – Patriarch’s Christmas Epistle
07 January, 2017
“Georgia is still following the path of Jesus Christ” – Patriarch’s Christmas Epistle
Georgia’s Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas today. The Patriarch of all Georgia his Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II has published his traditional annual Christmas epistle.

“With the help of our Lord and Virgin Mary, Georgia is still following the path of Jesus Christ and is the herald of Christmas,” the Christmas epistle of Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II reads.

The spiritual leader of Georgia talks about the true religion and says that today the important part of the world is still in the sin of unbelief.

“Of course it’s disappointing that although Christ has come to cure us long time ago, today the important part of the world is still in the sin of unbelief. On the other hand, this is not surprising, because the followers of true religion have always been the ones who truly believed in God. These chosen ones are a group of people for whom God is not only a force in the form of the fire, black clouds or thunderous sound, as it was described in the old testament, but also Emannuel, who was born in Bethlehem (which means God is with us), the second person of the Holy Trinity, who showed us that each of us is unique, but all of us are the icon of Lord,” the epistle says.

In the words of the Patriarch, in spite of centuries of trials and sufferings, Georgia is still on the path of Christ and is the herald of Christmas.
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Sameba Cathedral, where the Christmas service took place

Ilia II talked about mass media as well, saying that various kinds of indecencies are brought to us as attractive and interesting, promoting them in all forms.

According to the epistle, the divine moral is so high that it cannot even be compared to the most sophisticated and rational state laws. "According to state laws, ambition, incest, judgment, anger, envy, pride, selfishness, fear, animosity, hatred are not considered as crimes unless they infringe someone’s rights. But our Lord Jesus told us that the sin is not only when you don’t act correctly, but also when you don’t feel love towards others, when you have evil thoughts and evil desires.

The Lord advised us to eliminate all the sins we might bear in our hearts, so that it does not become real’’.

There are certain state laws that are against the moral norms attempting the sin to be officially permitted, - reads the
epistle by Georgia’s Catholicos-Patrirch Ilia II.

According to the Christmas Epistle, holy laws as well as state ones care for human beings but they differ as being differently perceived by people.

“This can be said on the countries where the certain state laws are against moral norms attempting the sin to be officially permitted. Simultaneously, TV, mass media and social networks characterize this or that immoral behavior as an interesting and attractive one,” the epistle says.

According to the Patriarch, the history that began in the heaven still continues: the human being is still interested in the things that are banned.

The Patriarch addresses ethnic Georgians, Ossetians, Abkhaz, Greeks, Russians, Ukrainians, Jews, Assyrians, Udines, Armenians, Azerbaijanis, Kurds, Kists, Lezgins, Circassians living in Georgia and calls on them to strengthen in unanimity.

“Of course, I know how hard the life is for our people, but I believe that in spite of all the trials and sufferings, our people will pass the road of Golgotha with dignity, will rise up together with the Lord and rejoice,” the Patriarch said.


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