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Lives of the Georgian Saints

By Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
Translated from the Georgian by David and Lauren Elizabeth Ninoshvili
Edited by Lado Mirianashvili and the St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood

“Georgia is a small nation; today less than five million people live within her borders. Yet this land has produced thousands of saints—kings and queens, warriors and ascetics—whose lives shine forth with the noblest qualities of the Georgian people. Their stories are intertwined with the history of Georgia, a story of martyrdom and resurrection.”
—“Editors’ Introduction”


Editors’ Introduction
Translators’ Note
Author’s Preface
3 Saint Ekvtime Taqaishvili the Man of God (†1953)
4 Venerable Fathers Evagre, Ilia the Deacon, and the Disciples of the Thirteen Syrian Fathers (6th century)
8 Holy Martyr Abo of Tbilisi (†786)
14 Saint Nino, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia (4th century)
15 Saints Salome of Ujarma and Perozhavra of Sivnia (4th century)
18 Venerable Eprem the Lesser, the Philosopher (†1101)
19 Venerable Anton of Martqopi, the Stylite (6th century)
20 Saint Ekvtime (Kereselidze) the Confessor (†1944)
25 Saint Gabriel (Kikodze), Bishop of Imereti (†1896)
26 Holy King Davit IV of Georgia and Abkhazeti, Called “the Restorer” (†1125)
29 Holy Royal Martyr King Ashot Kuropalates (†829)
4 Venerable Evagre, Ruler of Tsikhedidi and Fellow Struggler with Shio of Mgvime (6th century)
6 Venerable Arsen of Iqalto (†1127)
10 Venerable Ioane of Chimchimi, the Philosopher (12th—13th centuries)
12 Feast of the Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
   Holy Fathers Prokhore the Georgian, Luka of Jerusalem, Nikoloz Dvali, and All the Martyrs and Holy Fathers of the Georgian Monasteries in Jerusalem
14 Saint Ilarion the Georgian, the New (†1864)
17 Holy Hieromartyr Tevdore of Atchara (†1822)
18 Holy Catholicos Nikoloz (†1591)
22 Nine Holy Children of Kola (6th century)
3 Saint Ioane (Chrysostom) the Catholicos (†1001)
10 Holy Hierarch Ioane of Khakhuli, Also Called Chrysostom (10th—11th centuries)
12 Restoration of the Autocephaly of the Georgian Apostolic Church (1917)
   Holy King Demetre the Devoted (†1289)
16 Saint Ambrosi the Confessor, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (†1927)
   Venerable Pimen, Fool for Christ and Enlightener of Dagestan, and His Companion Anton Meskhi, the Censurer of Kings (13th century)
17 Venerable Hieromartyr Gabriel the Lesser (†1802)
28 Venerable Ioane of Manglisi (†1751)
1 Venerable Ioane of Shavta, Bishop of Gaenati, and Evlogi the Prophet and Fool-for-Christ (13th century)
2 Saint Giorgi of Atsquri (9th—10th centuries)
10 Holy Martyrs of Kvabtakhevi Monastery (†1386)
15 Holy Martyr Sukia and His Sixteen Companions (ca. 100—130)
17 Saint Eprem the Great of Atsquri (9th century)
18 Venerable Basil Ratishvili (13th century)
29 Holy Martyrs of Lazeti (17th—18th centuries)
1 Holy Queen Tamar (†1213)
   Holy Hierarch Zosime of Kumurdo (16th century)
3 Holy Catholicos Mamai (†744)
   Venerable Fathers Mikael and Arsen the Georgians (9th century)
7 Venerable Ioane of Zedazeni and His Twelve Disciples (6th century)
9 Repose of Venerable Shio of Mgvime (6th century)
11 Blessed Kristesia, called Kristepore (†1771)
13 Venerable Ekvtime of Mt. Athos, the Translator (†1028)
   Holy Martyrs Killed by the Latins at the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos (13th century)
18 Holy Martyrs, the Brothers Davit and Tarichan (†693)
19 The Entry into Georgia of the Equal-to-the-Apostles Nino, Enlightener of Georgia (323)
20 Venerable Zabulon and Sosana, Parents of Equal-to-the-Apostles Nino (4th century)
23 Venerable Damiane (†1157)
27 Venerable Basil, Son of King Bagrat III (11th century)
   Venerable Mikael of Parekhi (8th—9th centuries)
1 Holy Monk-martyrs Shio the New, Davit, Gabriel, and Pavle (†1696—1700)
8 Holy Hieromartyr Tevdore (†1609)
9 Venerable Ioane of Shavta (12th—13th centuries)
12 Venerable Ioane-Tornike of Mt. Athos (10th century)
13 Saint Antimos of Iberia, Metropolitan of Wallachia (†1716)
16 Saint Kaikhosro the Georgian (†1612)
17 Holy Martyr Shalva of Akhaltsikhe (†1227)
21 Holy Royal Martyrs Archil (†744) and Luarsab (†1622)
27 Venerable Father Giorgi of the Holy Mountain (†1065)
   Holy Hieromartyr Kirion II, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (1918)
30 Holy Queen Dinar (10th century)
2 Feast of the Robe of the Most Holy Theotokos
3 Venerable Giorgi the God-bearer (†1068)
8 Holy Royal Martyr Mirdat, King of Kartli (†410)
12 Venerable Fathers Ioane and Gabriel of Mt. Athos (10th century)
18 Holy Martyr Kozman (†1630)
20 Holy Martyr Salome the Georgian (13th century)
   Saint Ilia the Righteous (†1907)
24 Saint Ilarion of Tvali (†1041)
28 Venerable Giorgi of Mt. Athos, the Builder (†1029)
29 Holy Martyr Evstati of Mtskheta (†589)
30 Saint Tsotne Dadiani the Confessor (13th century)
31 Saint Arsen, Bishop of Ninotsminda (†1082)
3 Saint Razhden, Protomartyr of the Georgian Church (†457)
   The Nine Kherkheulidze Brothers with Their Mother and Sister and Nine Thousand Martyrs of Marabda (†1625)
8 Venerable Ekvtime, Abbot of the Monastery of St. John the Baptist (†1804)
12 Venerable Martyrs Geronti, Serapion, German, Besarion, Mikael, Svimeon, and Otar of Davit-Gareji Monastery (†1851)
14 Holy Martyrs Metropolitan Nazar of Kutaisi-Gaenati, Priests German, Ieroteos and Simon, Archdeacon Besarion, and All the New Martyrs of the Totalitarian Regime (†1924)
16 Holy Martyr Kristepore Guruli
17 Saint Tbeli Abuseridze (13th century)
18 Venerable Kristodule the Philosopher (12th century)
21 Holy Catholicos Sarmean (†774)
24 Venerable Serapion the Wonderworker (†1774)
28 Holy Royal Martyr Queen Shushanik (†475)
4 Venerable Svimeon the Wonderworker (†1773)
8 Holy Confessors Ioane (Maisuradze) (†1957) and Giorgi-Ioane (Mkheidze) (†1960)
12 Holy Hieromartyr Dositeos of Tbilisi (†1795)
13 Great-martyr Queen Ketevan (†1624)
15 Venerable Abba Ioseb of Alaverdi (†570)
16 Holy Martyrs, the Brothers Isaak and Ioseb the Georgians (†808)
18 Holy Martyrs Bidzina, Shalva, and Elizbar (†1661)
25 Holy Catholicos Arsen the Great (†887)
26 Arrival of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in Georgia (1989)
29 Venerable Onopre of Gareji, the Wonderworker (18th century)
1 The Feast of the Robe of Our Lord, the Myrrh-streaming and Life-giving Pillar, Equals-to-the-Apostles King Mirian and Queen Nana, and Saints Sidonia and Abiatar (4th century)
   Saint Melchizedek I, Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia (11th century)
2 Great-martyrs Davit and Constantine (†740)
4 Holy Hieromartyr Evdemoz, Catholicos-Patriarch of Georgia (†1642)
5 Venerable Grigol of Khandzta (†861)
   Venerable Fathers and Mothers of the Klarjeti Wilderness (8th—10th centuries)
7 Venerable Ioseb of Khevi, Elder and Wonderworker (†1763)
13 Holy Hierarch Anton of Chqondidi and His Disciple Hieromonk Iakob the Elder (18th—19th centuries)
17 Holy Catholicos-Patriarch Ioseb the Wonderworker (†1770)
   Holy Martyr Kozman
19 Holy Martyr Nikoloz Dvali (†1314)
27 Holy Hierarch Alexandre, Bishop of Guria and Samegrelo (†1907)
28 Holy Hieromartyr Neopite of Urbnisi (7th century)
29 Venerable Serapion of Zarzma (†900)
30 Saint Iotam Zedgenidze (†1465)
31 The Hundred Thousand Martyrs of Tbilisi (†1227)
3 Venerable Nikoloz, Radiant Star of the Georgians (†1308)
4 Holy and Righteous Ioane, Stepane, and Isaiah the Georgians
10 Great-martyr George (†303)
   Great-martyr Constantine-Kakhi (†852)
17 Great-martyr Mikael-Gobron and His 133 Soldiers (†914)
19 Venerable Ilarion the Georgian (†875)
23 Holy Hieromartyr Grigol (Peradze) (†1942)
29 Holy Martyr Abibos of Nekresi (6th century)
30 Holy King Vakhtang Gorgasali (†502)
   Holy Catholicos Petre and Holy Catholicos Samoel (5th—6th centuries)
2 Saint Ise of Tsilkani (6th century)
11 All Saints of Georgia
12 Holy Martyr Ioane, Abbot of Zedazeni Monastery (9th century)
19 Venerable Giorgi the Scribe and His Brother Saba, of Khakhuli (11th century)
21 Venerable Makar the Faster, Abbot of Khakhuli Monastery (11th century)
31 Venerable Mother Sabiana, Abbess of Samtskhe Convent (11th century)
   Feast of the Iveron Icon of the Theotokos
   The Six Thousand Holy Martyrs of the Davit-Gareji Wilderness (†1616)
   Holy Queen Tamar (†1213)
   Holy Georgian Martyrs of Persia (17th—18th centuries)
   Venerable Dodo of Gareji (†596)
   Venerable Fathers Davit of Gareji and Lukiane (6th century)
   Holy Fathers and Mothers of Atchara (18th century)
   Venerable Shio of Mgvime (6th century)
   Feast of the Georgian Language
About the Author, Editor, and Translators
Glossary of Names
Map of Historical Sites of Christian Georgia

Item Number: BKP689C
Publication Data: Platina, CA: St. Herman of Alaska Brotherhood, 2006
Format: hardcover
Number of Pages: 503
Dimensions (l × w × h): 23.6 cm × 16.0 cm × 3.0 cm
Additional Information: multi-color printing, full-color illustrations, dust jacket
ISBN-10: 1‒887904‒10‒7
ISBN-13: 978‒1‒887904‒10‒0

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