On the day of March 25, the Orthodox Church of Georgia commemorates the 105th anniversary of the restoration, the violent and unlawful abolition by the Russian conquerors, of the Autocephaly of the Church of Georgia.
According to the site “Ecclesiastical News of Georgia”, in 1801 the Tsarist Empire conquered Georgia by abolishing the sovereignty of the country, while in 1811 the Russian government and the Holy Synod of the Church of Russia decided the unlawful and violent abolition of the Autocephaly of the Church of Georgia.
After the bloody wars of the Georgians in 1917, the restoration of the ecclesiastical and political independence from Russia took place.
The President of Georgia, Salome Zurabishvili, attended the Divine Liturgy at the Tbilisi Sioni Cathedral, the Patriarchal Church, where she made statements to reporters.
“First of all, I would like to say Happy Anniversary to all of Georgia for this very important day for our country, our faith, our Church and our freedom.
If it were not for the restoration of the Autocephaly, there would probably be no restoration of the state sovereignty and we would not be an independent, powerful nation today.
I cannot help but remember Ukraine today, where we see how a powerful, free Ukrainian nation is born.
The Ukrainians must have their Autocephalous Church and the Russian Church cannot exist in Ukraine. Why is that? Because Russia has lost every moral right to be fellow Orthodox Cristians with an other Church of Christ. “