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"Joy of All Who Sorrow", Icon Mother of God”is delivered from Poti to Batumi

"Joy of All Who Sorrow", Icon Mother of God was delivered from Poti Cathedral to Kobuleti St. Mariam church. Then it was delivered to Batumi Cathedral and liturgy was fulfilled. The event was attended by Mr.Vakhtang Kolbaia, the acting chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia, by the minister of the Health and Social Affairs of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia - Mrs. Ketvan Bakaradze, chairman of the department of Justice of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia-Mr. Igor Kopaliani, chairman of the department of IDP issues of Abkhazia - Mr. David Gvadzabia, as well by refugees, IDPs and pilgrims. It is notable that today is the day of commemoration of this icon.

"Joy of All Who Sorrow", was written a year ago regarding the tragic events occurred in Abkhazia in 90th for the souls of all victims of the conflict, for prayers and for reconciliation of conflit sides. It is noteworthy that this Icon was written by the blessing of the Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia Second and the support of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

According to the acting chairman of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia Mr. Vakhtang Kolbaia:

"At the time when the icon was written, he Catholicos-Patriarch of All Georgia, His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia Second wished that this Icon had travel across the Georgia as it is written for the souls of all victims perished in war. Of course, we are fulfilling the desire of the patriarch. Icon has already visited Samegrelo, now we are in Adjara and then it will be delivered to other regions of Gerogia. I once again congratulate to our parish the commemoration day of this icon and I believe that this icon will provide guidance - to our return to Abkhazia and to the way to the reconciliation with Abkhazians, "- Was noted by the Acting Chairman of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia-Mr. Vakhtang Kolbaia.

In the end of September the Icon was transferred from Tbilisi to Kutaisi to the Cathedral of St. Mariam annunciation. On the 5th of the October the Icon was delivered to Vlakern Zugdidi Church. The public prayer for the souls of the victims perished during the war of the was fulfilled by the Father Malkhaz (Tchanturia). The icon transfer to Imereti and Samegrelo upper-Svaneti Regions was organized by the support of the representatives of the Government of the Autonomous Republic of Abkhazia.

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