January 14, January 27 – Saint Nino of Georgia (Ninny of Georgia): Patron Saint of Georgia

Saint Nina of Georgia (Ninny of Georgia): Patron Saint of Georgia (Feast Date: January 14, January 27)

Extract from Saint Nino: “The virgin Nino of Cappadocia was a relative of Great-martyr George and the only daughter of a widely respected and honorable couple. When Nino reached the age of twelve, her parents sold all their possessions and moved to Jerusalem. Soon after, Nino’s father was tonsured a monk. He bid farewell to his family and went to labor in the wilderness of the Jordan. . . .  (Her mother) left her daughter Nino in the care of an old woman, Sara Niaphor, who raised her in the Christian Faith and related to her the stories of Christ’s life and His suffering on earth. It was from Sara that Nino learned how Christ’s Robe had arrived in Georgia, a country of pagans. Soon Nino began to pray fervently to the Theotokos, asking for her blessing to travel to Georgia and be made worthy to venerate the Sacred Robe that she had woven for her beloved Son. The Most Holy Virgin heard her prayers and appeared to Nino in a dream, saying, ‘Go to the country that was assigned to me by lot and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will send down His grace upon you and I will be your protector.’ . . .  the Most Holy Theotokos presented her with a cross of grapevines and proclaimed, ‘Receive this cross as a shield against visible and invisible enemies!’ When she awoke, Nino was holding the cross in her hands. She dampened it with tears of rejoicing and tied it securely with strands of her own hair[1]. Nino related the vision to her uncle, Patriarch Juvenal, and revealed to him her desire to preach the Gospel in Georgia. Juvenal led her in front of the Royal Doors, laid his hands on her, and prayed, ‘O Lord, God of Eternity, I beseech Thee on behalf of my orphaned niece: Grant that, according to Thy will, she may go to preach and proclaim Thy Holy Resurrection.’” See PICTURE of Saint Nino of Georgia. See also: VIDEOS: KONTAKION OF SAINT NINO – Sacred Georgian Chant, Saint Nino.

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Nina of Georgia on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Flooding in Georgia (May, 2012) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: .May 21 – June 3, 2012.


Articles and Websites:


Saint Nino, Equal-to-the-Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia:  Saint Nino
Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia:  Saint Nino
Orthodox Wiki:  Nino of Cappadocia


AngelFire:  St. Nino and the Conversion of Georgia
AngelFire:  Life of Saint Nina, Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia
Catholic Online:  St. Nino
FatherAlexander.org:  St. Nina the Enlightener of Georgia
Iberia Forever:  The Life of Saint Nino (Nina)
Information and Society:  The Life of St. Nino and Rufinus’ Church History
New Life:  Nino of Georgia: A Woman Evangelist “Equal to the Apostles”
Origins of Georgian Christianity:  Saint Nino
Orthodoxy and the World:  Lives of Saints
Passages from the Life of Saint Nino:  Exerpts from the old theological journal: “Studia Biblica et Ecclesiastica”
Saints.SQPN.com:  Saint Nino of Georgia
The St. Nina Quarterly:  A Journal Exploring the Ministry of Women in the Eastern Orthodox Church


Andrew Gough’s Arcadia:  Saint Nino

Monuments and Pilgrimages:

Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia:  Bodbe Monastery, The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe
Concord Travel Georgia:  History of Georgia, Saint Nino
Culture, Science and Religion:  Bodbe Convent
Georgia. Grusia. Ancient Iberia A Pilgrimage to Orthodox Georgia:  St Nino (St. Nina), Equal of the Apostles and Enlightener of Georgia
Georgian churches and their interior devotional furnishings:  Saint Nino
Tika Tours: Tour Operator Georgia:  The Path of Saint Nino
Timeless Legends, Timeless Myths:  Saint Nino

Paintings and Art:

Grapevine Cross:  Also Known as Saint Nino’s Cross
Short Reports from Eastern Fronts:  Contemporary Georgian Icons

Tokens and Jewelry — Commercial:

CafePress.com:  Saint Nino of Georgia Gifts

Videos, Books and Music:

Aquinas and More Catholic Goods:  Sacred Georgian Chants
Google Books:  Life of Saint Nino
StNinoFilm.com:  About the Movie
StNinoFilm.com:  St. Nino of Georgia
St. Nino’s Legend: Vestiges of its various sources: Saint Nino Article in PDF

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.


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