Kvashveti Church of Saint George

Welcome To The Kvashveti Church of Saint George

History Of The Church

The Current Building of Kvasheti Church dedicated to the Great Martyr St. George was constructed between 1904 and 1910 by the architect Leopold Bilfeldt and is a replica of the Samtavisi Cathedral (1030 AD), a noted example of the Georgian medieval architecture. Kvashueti was erected on the site of a damaged and later demolished church built at the request of the Amilakhvari family in 1753. Significant contributions to the current church’s ornate design were made by the Agladze brothers. It must be noted here that during communist rule in 1937 the authorities planned to demolish Kvashveti Church and build a bathhouse on it’s site but fortunately these designs did not materialize.

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Orthodoxy

The Georgian Apostolic Autocephalous Orthodox Church is an autocephalous Eastern Orthodox Church. It is Georgia's dominant religious institution, and a vast majority of Georgian people affirm their membership in the Church. It asserts apostolic foundation,( the first preacher of the Gospel in Colchis and Iberia (modern-day Western and Eastern Georgia) was the apostle Andrew), and its historical roots can be traced to the conversion of the Kingdom of Iberia to Christianity in the 4th century AD. Other apostles who preached in Georgia include Simon the Canaanite (better known in the West as Simon the Zealot) buried near Sokhumi, in the village of Anakopia, and Saint Matthias, who preached in the southwest of Georgia, and to have been buried in Gonio, a village not far from Batumi. The Church also claims the presence in Georgia of the Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus.

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Orthodox Teaching

The Orthodox Church throughout the ages has maintained a continuity of faith and love with the apostolic community which was founded by Christ and sustained by the Holy Spirit. Orthodoxy believes that she has preserved and taught the historic Christian Faith, free from error and distortion, from the time of the Apostles. She also believes that there is nothing in the body of her teachings which is contrary to truth or which inhibits real union with God. The air of antiquity and timelessness which often characterizes Eastern Christianity is an expression of her desire to remain loyal to the authentic Christian Faith. Orthodoxy believes that the Christian Faith and the Church are inseparable. It is impossible to know Christ, to share in the life of the Holy Trinity, or to be considered a Christian, apart from the Church. It is in the Church that the Christian Faith is proclaimed and maintained. It is through the Church that an individual is nurtured in the Faith.

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Services

Divine service is the worship of God or the fulfillment of God's will, pleasing God through good thoughts, words, and deeds. Divine services began on the earth with the creation of the first humans in Paradise. Their divine services consisted of freely giving glory to God for His wisdom, goodness, omnipotence, and the all the other divine perfections which are manifest in the created world and in His providence governing it. After the fall into sin, it became a greater part of mankind's service to pray to God, beseeching Him for salvation. Along with prayer to the Lord, mankind established the practice of sacrificial offering as part of its divine service. Sacrifice expresses the thought that all we seem to possess is not ours but belongs to God. In prayer and sacrifice, man remembers that God receives his supplication because of its likeness to the sacrifice of the Saviour of the world, the Son of God come to earth, which was offered for all mankind.

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