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H.R.H. Prince Davit Bagrationi Mukhran
Batonishvili of Georgia
SPEECH OF PRINCE DAVIT OF GEORGIA
IN THE SERBIAN PATRIARCHATE
As The Head of The Royal House of Bagrationi of Georgia, I it is my desire to express the greatest of spiritual joy and immence gratitude to Your Holiness for this memorable opportunity to meet Your Holiness again in the capital city of Belgrade and in the seat of Serbian Patriarchs.
We hold dear and treasure deep in Our heart the memory of our encounter in Constantinople in November this year. We especially remember and hold dear the memory of the Holy Liturgy in The Patriarchal Cathedral of Saint George in Fanar, and the fulfilling conversation we had during historical celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of the Patriarchal service of His All Holiness, K.k. Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch.
For every Orthodox Christian, it would indeed be a great honor and spiritual experience of the highest degree to be able to venerate at the most Holy sites of Belgrade. It is absolutely so for myself too, and as an Orthodox Reader I feel profound humility in my soul, and as a Prince of Georgia, I feel the greatest possible honor in this sacred moment! Those feelings are completely understandable giving the fact that The Royal House of Bagrationi has contributed greatly to the history of the Georgian Orthodox Church and Orthodox Christianity worldwide.
Our Ancestors, Kings of Our Royal House, were very much devoted towards strengthening of the Orthodox Church, and were constantly working toward this objective. During centuries, Georgian patriarchs and kings have served in harmony, building and preserving the ideal of symphony between The Georgian Church and State. Also, The Orthodox Church has canonised many Saints from The Royal House of Bagrationi. Among others: King Davit IV, Queen Tamar, King Demetrio II and King Luarsab II. Many generations have been raised based on the example of their works and their spiritual lives. Members of The House of Bagrationi were not only Kings, but also outstanding members of Orthodox Clergy and spiritual leaders. Some of the members of the Bagrationi Dynasty were even enthroned as Patriarchs of the Georgian Orthodox Church, as is the case with: Patriarch Davit II, Patriarch Davit V, Patriarch Melchizedek II, Patriarch Nikoloz VII, Patriarch Domenti II, Patriarch Domenti IV, Patriarch Anton I, Patriarch Ioseb and Patriarch Anton II.
Your Holiness, on this occasion We would also like to emphasize the need of strengthening of spiritual and all other ties between our two ancient and Orthodox nations. Our Holy Faith and rich historic experiences of our two peoples bring us closer together, as the history of martyrdom of Serbia and Georgia is stunningly similar. This could serve as an initial drive of bringing us even closer together for the Glory of God and for the mutual benefit of our sister Churches and counties. Let’s not forget the similarity of present hardships that have fallen upon Serbia and Georgia equally, due to cold, selfish and calculated interests of world powers. In this regard, it is Our Christian duty to take this unique opportunity and to support the crucial struggle of the Serbian People and it’s Church for Kosovo and Metohija as the integral part of Serbia!
We would wholeheartedly rejoice in the improvement of the mentioned brotherly relations and, once again do thank Your Holiness for giving us this opporunity to be in the service of convergence of the Orthodox Churches and peoples of Serbia and Georgia.
Your Holiness, ever since our first encounter, We consider Your Holiness to be a true and most devoted Friend and Benefactor of the Georgian Orthodox Church and it’s faithful. This is why, with the Patriarchal Blessing of His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Archbishop of Mtskheta–Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Abkhazia and Pitsunda and Catholicos–Patriarch of All Georgia, We have decided to bestow upon Your Holiness the Rank and Honor of The Grand Collar of The Royal Order of The Eagle of Georgia and The Seamless Tunic of Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is Our wish, by doing so, to join in the marking of the upcoming first Anniversary, of election and enthronement of Your Holiness as the 45th Serbian Patriarch and worthy successor to Saint Sava.
We take this opportunity to inform Your Holiness that other recipients of this high Award are already: His All Holiness, K.k. Bartholomew I, Archbishop of Constantinople New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch; His Holiness and Beatitude Ilia II, Archbishop of Mtskheta–Tbilisi, Metropolitan of Abkhazia and Pitsunda and Catholicos–Patriarch of All Georgia, and other high Hierarchs of The Orthodox Church, aswell as: H.R.H. Prince Aleksandar Pavlov Karageorgevich of Serbia; H.R.H. Prince Karl Vladimir Karageorgevich of Serbia; H.R.H. Princess Brigitta Karageorgevich of Serbia; and late: H.M. King Umberto II Savoy of Italy; H.M. King Boris III Coburg of Bulgaria; H.I.H. Grand Duke Vladimir Kirilovich Romanov of Russia; H.R.H. Prince Nicolae Hoencolern-Zigmaringen of Romania and many other noted personalities.
The merits that Your Holiness posseses for the cause of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church, are well known to everyone, and the Royal Award mentioned above represents the proof of Our Royal regard and gratitude in perpetuity.
In closing, as the devoted Spiritual Child of Your Holiness, We wish to underline that Your Holiness has graciously caused the greatest of humble pride to The Royal House of Georgia by accepting this – the greatest Dynastic Award of Our Royal House.
MANY YEARS MASTER!
15. December 2011.