Orthodox Georgians celebrate Christmas
Orthodox Christians of Georgia celebrate Christmas today (January 7). Holy liturgies were conducted in all Orthodox Churches throughout the country late last night.
With the celebration the Nativity Fast has finished which runs for 40 days. The fast was observed from November 28, 2011.
Festive Christmas ceremony called Alilo is expected to take place in capital Tbilisi in few hours. participants of the traditional procession will walk up to the Holy Trinity Cathedral and deliver all the presents gathered during the procession to a special tent to be put up on the territory of the church. The presents including mostly sweeties and fruits, will be sorted and delivered to children`s homes and shelters for helpless people.
His Holiness, Catholicos Patriarch of All Georgia Ilia II conducted Holy liturgy in the Saint Trinity Cathedral in Tbilisi. The liturgy ended with the patriarch`s Christmas epistle, which was read loudly for worshipers.
Afterwards, Ilia II delivered a sermon in the cathedral.