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This issue of The Orthodox Word is dedicated to the life of
Schema-archbishop Anthony (Abashidze), a true prince of the Church, a
man of great courage and love for his neighbor. Born David Abashidze in
1867 in Georgia into a noble family, he was consecrated to the
episcopate at the early age of thirty-four, and served in four different
dioceses, all of which benefited greatly from his energetic and
wide-ranging ministry. Everywhere he served, he was deeply loved by his
flock. His staunch opposition to the revolutionary movement in Russia
led to his arrest and exile on two occasions. He spent his last days in
Kiev, where he was tonsured into the great schema with the name Anthony.Also in this issue is the tenth installment of the Letters of St. Ignatius Brianchaninov.