Monday, February 02, 2009

St. Ekvtime the Confessor (Kereselidze)

My friend John Graham over at Georgian Chant reminds us that February 2nd is the commemoration of St. Ekvtime the Confessor, a 20th-century Georgian saint. His story makes for compelling reading. Another short biography, here.

Thou didst make fertile the barren wilderness with the streams of thy tears; and by thy deep sighing and through thy struggles thou hast borne fruit a hundredfold. Accordingly, thou hast become a star for the universe. Therefore, O Holy Father Ekvtime, intercede with Christ God to save our souls!


Jared Cramer said...


Forgive me if I've missed your post on this, but I'm curious what you think of the new Patriarch of Russia?

John said...

No, I have not posted on this. Frankly, I have not kept up with all the in-house speculations regarding this selection. That said, his selection is generally regarded as being a good thing by the Orthodoxically-inclined. He is seen as a somewhat more open face towards engagement with the West...whatever that means. But, time will tell.

Jared Cramer said...

Ahh. Thanks.