2 Kings 5:1–27
Preface of a Saint (3)
PRAYER (traditional language)
O God, who dost open the eyes of the blind and dost set the captives free; Open our eyes that we may ever discern thy way and guide our feet that we may walk therein to thy honor and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PRAYER (contemporary language) O God, who opens the eyes of the blind and sets the captives free; Open our eyes that we may ever discern your way and guide our feet that we may walk in it, to your honor and glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
This commemoration appears in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018.
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Last updated: 14 October 2018
NINO OF GEORGIA
MISSIONARY, c. 332
Saint Nino Equal to the Apostles and the Enlightener of Georgia (c. 296 – c. 338 or 340) was a woman who preached Christianity in Georgia, that resulted from the Christianization of Iberia (an ancient name for part of Georgia).
According to most widely traditional accounts, she belonged to a Greek-speaking Roman family from Kolastra, Cappadocia, was a relative of Saint George, and came to Georgia (ancient Iberia) from Constantinople. Other sources claim she was from Rome, Jerusalem or Gaul (modern France). According to legend, she performed miraculous healings and converted the Georgian queen, Nana, and eventually the pagan king Mirian III of Iberia, who, lost in darkness and blinded on a hunting trip, found his way only after he prayed to "Nino’s God". Mirian declared Christianity the official religion (c. 327) and Nino continued her missionary activities among Georgians until her death.
Her tomb is still shown at the Bodbe Monastery in Kakheti, eastern Georgia. St. Nino has become one of the most venerated saints of the Georgian Orthodox Church and her attribute, a grapevine cross, is a symbol of Georgian Christianity.
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