PM marks Day of Apostle Andrew by saying gospel values defined “our identity, way of life”

  • In his message to church-goers, Garibashvili said the values had “shaped the political ideals of democracy, human freedom, peace, and prosperity and formed the basis of modern Western civilisation.” Photo: Government Administration

Agenda.ge, 12 May 2022 - 11:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili on Thursday joined celebrations of Georgian Orthodox Church followers of the Day of Apostle Andrew by stating the “values of the gospel have defined our identity, history, culture, statehood, and way of life.”

In his message to church-goers, Garibashvili said the values had “shaped the political ideals of democracy, human freedom, peace, and prosperity and formed the basis of modern Western civilisation.”

Today, when Georgia in its history is so close to the goal of the civilisational choice of returning to the family of free nations of Europe, the spiritual and national values formed over the centuries strengthen our backs and I believe that it will play an essential role in the progress and development of our country,” the head of the Government said.

The Georgian Orthodox Church is marking the day of the Educator of Georgia, Saint Andrew the First. In religious texts, Holy Apostle Andrew was the brother of Saint Peter the Apostle, and the first Apostle to be named by Jesus Christ. He is regarded as the founder of the Georgian Orthodox Church.

The Church celebrates the commemoration of his day twice a year. May 12 marks the day of Saint Andrew’s arrival in Georgia, and is an official holiday in the country.

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