On the 7th of January, the Georgian Orthodox Church is celebrating Christmas, Jesus Christ’s birth. Christmas liturgy is held in all Orthodox churches of Georgia.
In Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, before the start of the solemn service, Archdeacon Demetre (Davitashvili) of the Georgian Orthodox Church introduced the Christmas epistle of the Patriarch of Georgia to the congregation gathered in the church: "Our concern for justice and unity is of particular importance, because we are at the geopolitically strategic location and we are facing many challenges" - It is said in the epistle.
His Holiness and Beatitude, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, the Archbishop of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Metropolitan bishop of Bichvinta and Tskhum-Abkhazia, Ilia II attended the Christmas liturgy together with members of the Holy Synod and clergymen.
The Christmas service was attended by Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili, Speaker of the Parliament of Georgia Shalva Papuashvili, Mayor of Tbilisi Kakhi Kaladze, Chairman of the State Agency for Religious Issues, Zaza Vashakmadze, the representatives of the executive and legislative authorities.
The State Agency for Religious Issues congratulates the Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church of Georgia and all Orthodox Christians on Christmas and wishes peace, goodness, and joy.