Tbilisi, May 15, 2014
The head of the government in his speech paid particular attention to the role of the Orthodox Church and the traditions of veneration of the Mother of God in Georgia, reports Gruzinform.
"All the history of Georgia is founded on the Christian faith and Christian culture. It was Orthodoxy that over the centuries nourished the Georgian nation and its spirituality. The world view and way of life of any Georgian have always rested upon the Orthodox faith. Love, peaceful co-existence, tolerance, virtue, sympathy—these are the values on which our (small in number and always surrounded by enemies) nation stood and by which it was saved. It was precisely faithfulness to these values that made Georgia a part of the European civilization and culture," said Irakli Garibashvili.
The prime minister expressed his gratitude to Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia for his labors for strengthening and uniting the country.