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It is with pleasure I received correspondence to this effect, which I would like to share with any readers in Tbilisi.

“Simon Appleby,

Greetings in the Lord!

My name is Father Joseph Fester. I am an Orthodox priest from America under the Ecumenical Patriarchate. My wife is working in Tbilisi for at least the next two years. With the blessing of His Holiness, Patriarch Ilia, we will be offering an English language Divine Liturgy at the Church of St. Andrew (Blue Monastery Church) in Tbilisi starting this Saturday, October 4. Hours starting at 9am and Liturgy at 9:30am. If any of your readers would like more information, they may contact me at jfester99@gmail.com. The choir at St. Andrew’s is learning english and will respond to the litanies in English and as they learn more, we will expand their English language responses. I will serve in English. Everyone is invited to participate, whether Orthodox or interested in the Orthodox Faith.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this information.

Protopresbyter Joseph Fester”

The Blue Monastery is next to the Russian Church in the vicinity of the Tbilisi Philharmonia. A map showing the exact location can be found here.

I am particularly pleased that the Patriarchates of Constantinople and Georgia are co-operating to serve the needs of the Anglophone Orthodox faithful and those curious about the faith in this city. May this initiative be fruitful, and great thanks to all who have made it possible.

 

 

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