‘I am grateful for your love,’ Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II said at Svetitskhoveli Cathedral.
‘Today is truly a historic day. It is the great mercy of God that shone upon us.
I am grateful to God and our nation for giving me the opportunity to do this work,’ Ilia II said.
The holy liturgy was held at the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral in Mtskheta regarding the enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II.
Politicians including Bidzina Ivanishvili, Chairman of the ruling Georgian Dream party, Giorgi Gakharia, Prime Minister of Georgia and Archil Talakvadze, Chairman of the Parliament of Georgia attended the liturgy.
The Georgian Orthodox Church marks the 42nd anniversary of the enthronement of Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia today.
His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II has officially been the spiritual head of the Georgian Orthodox Church for 42 years.
Ilia II was elected as a Catholicos-Patriarch on December 23, 1977, when he was 44 years old.