Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba today

Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba today
Georgia celebrates Svetitskhovloba today

Georgia's Orthodox Church is celebrating Svetitskhovloba today. His Holiness and Beatitude, the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, Ilia II will hold the festive liturgy at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow. 

The coronavirus regulations will be strictly observed at the liturgy, according to the Patriarchate of Georgia.

"People visiting the cathedral will have their temperatures taken to ensure their security. Wearing face masks and maintaining a safe social distance will also be mandatory," the statement reads.

Svetitskhovloba is an annual festival held on October 14 in the town of Mtskheta. The festival pays homage to Svetitskhoveli Cathedral and is also a celebration of Mtskheta itself.

Svetitskhoveli Cathedral stands on the site chosen by St. Nino as the place for the first church in Georgia. Built by architect Arsakidze in the early 11th century, it is one of the most sacred places in Georgia and the place where Christ's robe is said to be buried.

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