Saint Joseph Bishop of Alaverdi, Georgia

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Saint Joseph Bishop of Alaverdi, Georgia

September 15

Saint Joseph chose the monastic vocation at a young age. Having arrived in Georgia with his teacher Saint John Zedazni , Saint Joseph settled in Kakheti in the relatively undeveloped and wild Alaverdi region. Here he began his ascetic exploits.

A Kakheti noblemen during an hunt found himself on the Alaverdi plain and was so astonished, seeing Saint Joseph standing at prayer, that he remained with him. Reports about this nobleman becoming a monk and about the holy life of the Monk Joseph spread throughout Kakheti. People seeking holiness and the ascetic life began to throng to Alaverdi to Saint Joseph. A monastery thus arose, and a church in honour of the Great Martyr Saint George was built.

Chosen to lead the monastery, Saint Joseph with fatherly love concerned himself about the brethren of the monastery, and about the spiritual enlightenment of Kakheti. Pagan superstitions were still not eradicated, and Saint Joseph, with cross in hand, often left the monastic solitude to preach the Word of God.

Beholding the saintly and immaculate life of the monk Joseph and his sincere desire to serve them, the Kakheti people willingly and joyfully accepted the Gospel teaching, and abandoned their pagan customs.

Saint Joseph composed a catechism (lost in the 16th Century) by which he taught the flock entrusted to him. Nearing the end of his life of dedicated service, Saint Joseph secluded himself in a tight cell for complete silence. In the year 570 occurred his peaceful and blessed end. Sainted Joseph was buried in the church of the holy Great Martyr Saint George in Alaverdi.

In the 9th Century in place of the former church was erected the great Alaverdi cathedral within which, on the left side of the Altar at the north wall, rests the body of Saint Joseph.

Saint Joseph is a particularly popular saint in Kakheti, particularly around Alaverdi, and it is common to see his icon in people’s homes in Eastern Georgia. The Alaverdoba festival in Kakheti coincides with the autumn harvest of grapes and other crops, and the harvest festival for several days in late September culminates with the feast of Saint Joseph on this day.

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FR. ILIA KARTOZIA FROM GEORGIA STOOD BESIDE THE CAPTAIN OF THE SHIP NORMAN ATLANTIC (DEC 27, 2014) & PRAYING TILL THE VERY END

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Father Ilia Kartozia from Georgia stood

beside the captain of the ship Norman Atlantic on Dec 27, 2014,

and praying till the very end

Father Ilia Kartozia, abbot of the David the Builder’s Monastery in Mtskheta, who was among the passengers of Norman Atlantic ferry on the Adriatic Sea, has allegedly been found dead.

According to Goga Tabatadze, head of the Georgian Foreign Ministry’s consular department, condition of rescued Georgian citizens is satisfactory. They are currently in the city of Bari. Georgian Consul in Italy Vakhtang Andghuladze is accompanying them.

Tabatadze claimed they got information from the Embassy of Georgia yesterday that another body had been found in the Adriatic Sea. They also received a photo of the body, which the parishioners identified as that of the missing priest.

“So far the only grounds we have to pronounce father Ilia Kartozia dead is a photo. It will be very lamentable if his death is confirmed. The state will do its best to carry out all necessary procedures to transfer the body to Georgia in a timely fashion,” promised Tabatadze

Reports say father Ilia stood beside the captain of the ship and praying till the very end.

The Norman Atlantic ferry caught fire on Sunday. Eight Georgian citizens were aboard the ship, Father Ilia Kartozia among them. Seven Georgians have already been found.

Out of 278 people aboard, 10 were confirmed dead. Rescuers took 200 people off the ferry. Majority of them are currently being treated for burns.

Source:

http://www.georgianjournal.ge/society/29170-father-ilia-stood-beside-the-captain-of-the-ship-and-praying-till-the-very-end.html

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VIDEO: FINAL MOMENTS OF ORTHODOX GEORGIAN PRIEST IN THE ADRIATIC SEA (27 DEC, 2014) – ITALIAN MEDIA ABOUT FATHER ILIA KARTOZIA

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Final moments

of Georgian priest in the Adriatic Sea (27 Dec, 2014)

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VIDEO: Italian media about father Ilia Kartozia

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Father Ilia Kartozia, abbot of Davit Aghmashenebeli Monastery, was found dead following the fire on the “Norman Atlantic” ferry on the Adriatic Sea. Italian TV network RAI 2 has published some footage regarding the deceased priest’s life and final moments.
Edition repubblica.it has published an interview by a Georgian survivor, Irakli, 25, who retold the story of Father Ilia Kartozia.
According to Irakli, once the fire emerged, Father Ilia gave him hope and he would have been in despair without him. Irakli says he was with his wife and a 9-year-old child on the ferry.
“Father Ilia was telling me God would not abandon us. He gave me strength. He told me in what direction to go,”- said Irakli. According to him, Father Ilia had a backpack full of icons. Irakli says that Father Ilia saw a woman with a small child and let her go ahead of him and stayed on a ship.
Later, when his turn came, the rope broke and Father Ilia fell into the sea,”- Irakli remembers. Somebody threw a life preserver in the water but Father Ilia could not get to it because of the violent sea.
When his turn to be rescued finally came, the rope broke and he ended up in the sea, with rescuers failing to reach him. His body was later found near the coast of the city of Lecce. The backpack he carried and refused to part with turned out to be full of icons.
Eight Georgians were aboard the Norman Atlantic ferry on the Adriatic Sea. All of them except Father Ilia are alive and safe. Father Ilia was Head of the Mtskheta monastery.
More than 10 people died in this tragic incident.

Source:

http://www.georgianjournal.ge/society/29174-final-moments-of-georgian-priest-in-the-adriatic-sea-italian-media-about-father-ilia-kartozia.html

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Saint Greatmartyr Ketevan the Queen of Georgia (+1624) – September 13

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Saint Greatmartyr Ketevan the Queen of Georgia (+1624)

September 13

Source:

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The holy Queen Ketevan was the daughter of Ashotan Mukhran-Batoni, a prominent ruler from the Bagrationi royal family. The clever and pious Ketevan was married to Prince David, heir to the throne of Kakheti. David’s father, King Alexander II (1574-1605), had two other sons, George and Constantine, but according to the law the throne belonged to David. Constantine was converted to Islam and raised in the court of the Persian shah Abbas I.

Several years after David and Ketevan were married, King Alexander stepped down from the throne and was tonsured a monk at Alaverdi. But after four months, in the year 1602, the young king David died suddenly. He was survived by his wife, Ketevan, and two children—a son, Teimuraz, and a daughter, Elene—and his father ascended the throne once more.

Upon hearing of David’s death and Alexander’s return to the royal throne, Shah Abbas commanded Alexander’s youngest son, Constantine-Mirza, to travel to Kakheti, murder his father and the middle brother, George, and seize the throne of Kakheti. As instructed, Constantine-Mirza beheaded his father and brother, then sent their heads, like a precious gift, to Shah Abbas.

Their headless bodies he sent to Alaverdi. (Since the beginning of the 11th century, Alaverdi had been the resting place of the Kakhetian kings.) The widowed Queen Ketevan was left to bury her father-in-law and brother-in-law.

But Constantine-Mirza was still unsatisfied, and he proposed to take Queen Ketevan as Continue reading “Saint Greatmartyr Ketevan the Queen of Georgia (+1624) – September 13”