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Crown Prince Meets Ecumenical Patriarch
Ἡ Α. Β. Υ., ὁ διάδοχος τοῦ Βασιλικοῦ Θρόνου τῆς Γεωργίας Πρίγκηψ Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski ἀπένειμε τῇ Α. Θ. Παναγιότητι τό παράσημον τοῦ Ἁγίου Βασιλέως Δαυΐδ, τοῦ Ψαλμῳδοῦ, ἐκ μέρους τοῦ Βασιλικοῦ Οἴκου τῆς Γεωργίας, δι᾿ εἰδικῆς τελετῆς ἐν τοῖς Πατριαρχείοις, τῇ 27ῃ Αὐγούστου 2015, (see Ecumenical Patriarchate News).
[His Royal Highness, the Heir to the Royal Throne of Georgia, Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski conferred the Order of Holy King David the Psalmist upon His Divine All Holiness on behalf of the Royal House of Georgia in a special ceremony at the Patriarchate on 27 August 2015].
Announcement of Historic Meeting on Royal Website
Breast Star of the Order of King David
Breast Star of the Order of King David
Breast Star of the Order of King David

 

On August 27, 2015, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, by the Grace of God, Head of the Royal House of Georgia, and Heir to the Throne of Georgia, met with His Most Divine All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch during a private audience at the Patriarchal Palace at the Phanar in Istanbul (TR), in which the Crown Prince invested His All Holiness with the highest Order of the ancient and illustrious Dynasty of Georgia – The Royal Order of St. King David the Psalmist. The Most Reverend ATHENAGORAS, Metropolitan-Archbishop of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean, (who is also the President of the Regional Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of Latin America), reported that His All Holiness was extremely pleased and expressed his profound gratitude to the Crown Prince. His All Holiness then extended warmest and heartfelt wishes to the Crown Prince, and presented a personalized gift to HRH, who had celebrated his 65th birthday on August 25, 2015, (see Royal House of Georgia).

 

Letter of Gratitude and Recognition From Ecumenical Patriarch
On August 5, 2016, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, by the Grace of God, Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, received a brief but significant letter of gratitude and recognition from His Most Divine All Holiness BARTHOLOMEW I, Archbishop of Constantinople, New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch. The letter, which also conveys the Patriarch's blessing to the Crown Prince, was prepared and signed on behalf of His All Holiness by Archimandrite Bartholomew Samaras, Chief Secretary of the Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople.

 

 

The Royal Family Meets with the Patriarch of Jerusalem

 

His Royal Highness Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Ana Bagrationi-Gruzinski, and Her Highness Princess Leila Kipiani, visited the Holy Land on pilgrimage from September 12th - 16th 2016, meeting on September 13th with His Beatitude, Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Syria, Arabia, Beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, in the Throne Hall of the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem. The important and historic encounter was also graced with the presence of His Eminence The Most Reverend Aristarchos, Archbishop of Constantina, the Elder Chief Secretary of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and other members of the Patriarchal staff. The last Monarch of the Bagrationi Dynasty to visit the Holy Land was St. King Vakhtang III, (son of St. Martyr King Demetre II), who ruled Georgia from 1276-1308.
 
During the meeting, His Beatitude and His Royal Highness reflected on the custody and preservation of the Holy Sites, and exchanged appropriate gifts as mementos of the occasion. Afterwards, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski invested His Beatitude with the highest Order of the ancient and illustrious Bagrationi Dynasty of Georgia – The Royal Order of St. King David the Psalmist. In return, His Beatitude Theophilos III, Patriarch of the Holy City of Jerusalem and All Palestine, Syria, Arabia, Beyond the Jordan River, Cana of Galilee, and Holy Zion, afforded the honor of 'Jerusalem Pilgrim' to His Royal Highness Crown Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, who is henceforth entitled to the appellation 'Pilgrim Prince'.
 
After the meeting, HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, HRH Princess Ana Bagrationi-Gruzinski, and HH Princess Leila Kipiani had the opportunity to visit and worship at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and other sacred sites.
In addition to the aforementioned meeting with His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III, HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski received a Certificate of Pilgrimage from the Custodia Terrae Sanctae, (i.e., the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land and Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem); the Certificate is signed by the Reverend Sergio Galdi, O.F.M., current Secretary of the Custody. The Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem, the Armenian Patriarchate of Jerusalem, and the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land, own and administer in common the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, the Basilica of the Nativity in Bethlehem, and over 74 other shrines throughout the Holy Land, (including Jordan and Syria).
HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, also received the Jerusalem Pilgrim's Gold Cross, (i.e., Signum Sacri Itineris Hierosolymitani), which is an honor awarded to selected pilgrims to the Holy Land by the Pope of Rome in recognition of meritorious works and/or service related to the promotion of pilgrimage to Jerusalem and other sacred sites. The medal can only be conferred at the office of the Custody of the Holy Land in Jerusalem, (i.e., the Minister Provincial of the Order of Friars Minor in the Middle East). The Custos presents it to deserving pilgrims in the name of the Sovereign and Pontiff of the Vatican City State.
 
The decoration is worn on the left side of the chest. It may not be worn except in religious solemnities, processions, pilgrimages, or in the presence of the Pope. The medal is a Jerusalem Cross in gold, silver, or bronze grades. The center of the front is a small depiction of Pope Leo XIII with the surrounding Latin inscription 'LEO XIII CREAVIT ANNO MCM', (i.e., Leo XIII created [this medal] in 1900). In the crossbars, there are four Biblical scenes showing the early life and the ministry of Jesus with the inscription 'CHRISTI AMOR CRUCIFIXI TRAXIT NOS', (i.e., Christ's love brought us [here]). In the center of the reverse, there is the image of the risen Christ. The crossbars show four scenes of the Passion with the inscription 'SIGNUM SACRI ITINERIS HIEROSOL[YMITANI]', (i.e., Sign of Holy Pilgrimage to Jerusalem). The Cross is suspended from a ribbon of red silk with four blue stripes in the middle. On the edges at each side runs a white band broken by a dark yellow bar.

Ribbon of the Signum Sacri Itineris Hierosolymitani

While in Jerusalem, the Pilgrim Prince received an official Attestation of Pilgrimage from the State of Israel. The Certificate was signed by the Minister of Tourism and present Member of the Knesset and Cabinet, Yariv Gideon Levin, (who was the the former Israeli Minister of Public Security), and the Mayor of the City of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat. The Certificate grants to HRH the title of Jerusalem Pilgrim. A tree was also planted in Israel by the National Jewish Fund in honor of HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski, Singular Heir to the Throne of the Royal House of Georgia, and Descendent of the House of the Biblical King-Prophet St. David.
Pilgrim Prince Receives Order of Merit
On September 8/21, 2016, the Feast of the Nativity of the Theotokos, HRH Pilgrim Prince Nugzar Bagrationi-Gruzinski was awarded the International Order of Merit for HRH's service to Orthodox unity. The award was signed by His Most Illustrious and Most Reverend Eminence ATHENAGORAS (Anastasiadis), Exarch of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople, Metropolitan-Archbishop of Mexico, Central America, Colombia, Venezuela, and the Islands of the Caribbean, and President of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of South America.



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