Father Serafim’s emotional Aramaic chant for the Pope in Georgia
02 October, 2016
One of the most memorable moments during Pope’s stay in Georgia was his visit to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.

On October 1, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia and Pope Francis attended the religious ceremony at the country’s most revered church together, where Father Serafim and the parish chanted in Aramaic language. This impressive chant performed along with the 12-year old girl in the language of Jesus went viral on social networks.

38-year-old Father Serafim is Assyrian and Aramaic is his native tongue. He led secular life before he was 24 and practiced in martial arts, later going to Ukraine and working as the chief of security service for various members of parliament.

However, the changes in his life forced him to take the monastic vows. When Georgia’s Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II learned about it, he presented Father Serafim to the Assyrians living in Georgia as the Confessor
of Assyrians. It was Ilia II who advised Father Serafim to learn Aramaic and then carry out religious ceremonies in this language.

Pope Francis arrived in Georgia on October 31 and met with the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II, President Margvelashvili and the First Lady, the Prime Minister, the Speaker of Parliament, the diplomatic corps and religious leaders. He held the Holly Mass at Tbilisi Mikheil Meskhi stadium the next day, after which he visited Svetitsakhoveli, Mtskheta.

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