Christianity and David Gareja monastery complex. (Part 2)

From Tbilisi cave David and his disciple Lucian went to Gareji desert. When they drained the supply of food at new place, Lucian panicked, but the Reverend David prayed to the Lord and miracle happened: doe with full breasts of milk came. David turned milk into cheese and fed Lucian. Since then the doe began to visit them constantly. Once the doe complained of a snake that ate their children. The Reverend told the snake to leave. Snakes obeyed, but as soon as the Reverend turned away Heavenly fire came down and killed the snake so that the snake never could do troubles to animals or people. You can see a picture of these stories on frescoes of 11th century, located in a monastery Udabno near David’s Lavra in Kakheti. Also this story is seen on the wall paintings of 19th century in the Church of St John in Shio-Mgvime Monastery, which is 10 km. from Mtskheta.

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The eve of Easter. Christianity and David Gareja monastery complex. (Part 1)

Easter is one of the most joyous Christian holidays. Most people associate this holiday with coloured eggs and Easter cakes. I have also associations with visiting the church in early morning, when smiling and friendly father liberally asperses with holy water and there is an extraordinary feeling of joy; with the first barbecue, with the first flowering trees…

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