Beka Mindiashvili

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Judas’s Night

 As soon as Judas had taken the bread,he went out. And it was night.John. 13:301. During the Divine Liturgy, by taking bread and wine, we Orthodox Christians are taking communion with the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ. However, according to the teachings of the Church, if a person nurtures hatred of someone, is in conflict with a neighbor, or has angered or offended someone and has not sincerely asked for repentance, the Eucharistic meeting with Christ may turn into a communion with...

The Time of the Patriarch

“For the alchemists, a number of dragons fighting with each other illustrated the state of putrefactio (separating out the Elements, or psychic disintegration). And the winged dragon represented the volatile element, while the wingless creature stood for the fixed element.”— Dictionary of Symbols“I am giving you my blessing to write fairy tales.”— Ilia IIJust recently, the Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II visited Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili at his residence and...

The Parade of the Seven Deadly Sins

A peaceful rally to mark the International Day against Homophobia on 17 May in Tbilisi was cut short by a horde of angry counter-protesters. When Georgian LGBT activists were assembling in Tbilisi's Pushkin Square, next to Rustaveli Avenue, thousands of conservative ultra-Orthodox supporters, led by dozens of clergymen, broke through heavy police cordons and chased after them, beating them and throwing stones, swearing and screaming "Kill them! Don't let them escape alive." Police were forced...

Russia: An Internal and External Problem for Georgia

Let us begin by acknowledging that the key element of the identity of Georgian statehood is our exodus from the Russo-Soviet political space and finding our own place in the West. Consequently, for us independence, first and foremost, implies building a Western-style liberal-democratic political system. The completion of this work will...

The Law of Russian-Georgian Eternity

“Freedom is sensitive, delicate in nature like February’s Viola plants against March frosts. It can only take root and sprout in an environment where spirit of the Lord is omnipresent.” Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia Leonide. 26 May 1920   On 21 December 2012, Russian President Vladimir Putin recalled that the Russian Empire included “Tiflis province...

Pre-election Turkophobia

“Several years ago I heard a rumor that in order to make Georgia easy to govern, the country’s population should come down to one-and-a-half million of which Georgians would account for forty percent alone, that is six-hundred-thousand. That is something which Shah Abbas, Tamerlane and other conquerors failed to achieve at their times. Of course, I am not a person...

Three Temptations of the Church

The great challenge faced by the Georgian Orthodox Church today is the threat of abandoning the teachings of Christ. The Church – as its position is articulated by the Patriarch, archbishops, priests and congregation – dwells on the “spiritual” mission of Georgia and on Western degradation; it comments on the economy and on culture; it evaluates domestic issues and foreign affairs. Yet, for all its preaching, the Church says nothing about the One True Leader of the Church – Christ Himself. The...

Orthodox Christians of Modern Times

You are an Orthodox Christian if you conquer the temples of infidel Papists and refuse to return their churches to Armenian torturers – better their churches should perish than be returned. You are an Orthodox Christian if you viciously beat homosexuals. But you are three times more devout an Orthodox Christian if you herd them all onto a large ship, take them out into the open sea and dump them all overboard. And that is an act of exceptional moral rectitude if you yourself are a latent...

Decisive Battle for Oshki

Sisyphus of Negotiations Direct negotiations between the Turkish and Georgian governments on restoring Georgian cathedrals in Tao Klarjeti – the historical southwestern Georgian province now part of northeastern Turkey – began in 2005 and right from the beginning the Patriarchate of Georgia was a stumbling block to progress. “Monuments must be rehabilitated but...

Christ Does Not Sleep

 The true values of the Georgian Church, political parties, civil society and media were seriously tested in one remarkable week this past summer. During the period of 5 to 11 July – the time span between approval of the legislative amendment granting religious organizations the status of legal entities of public law and the Holy Synod denouement of the religious controversy – we saw clearly the face of fury, hatred, ignorance and intolerance. Those seven days exposed a societal rift: On one...

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