- Grigol Peradze
Grigol Peradze ("St. Priest Martyr Grigol"), (September 13, 1899 - December 6, 1942) was a famous Georgian
ecclesiasticfigure, theologian, historian, Archimandrite, PhDof History, Professor.
Life and works
Grigol Peradze was born in the village of
Bakurtsikhe, in the Gurjaanidistrict of the Kakhetiregion, in Eastern Georgia. His father, Romanoz Peradze, was a priest.
In 1918 Peradze graduated from the
TbilisiTheological Seminary, and afterwards studied at the Tbilisi State Universityuntil 1921.
On February 25, 1921, Georgia was occupied by Soviet Russia. Grigol Peradze went into exile in Germany in November the same year.
In 1926 he graduated from the
University of Bonn(Germany). In 1927 he received a PhD degree in History (the title of his PhD thesis was "History of the Georgian Monasticism from its creation until 1064").
From 1927 - 1932 Peradze was an Associate Professor at the University of Bonn. From 1933 - 1942 he was a Professor of
Patrologyat the Faculty of Orthodox Theology of Warsaw University, in Poland.
In 1931, Grigol Peradze was ordained a priest in the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of London; in 1934, he received the rank of Archimandrite. In 1931, he founded a Georgian St. Nino Orthodox church in Paris. In the same year he began to publish a Georgian scientific journal titled "Jvari Vazisa" ("Cross of Vine").
In the 1930s, Peradze discovered numerous important written manuscripts of Georgian Christian culture in
Romania, Bulgaria, Greece, Italy, Germany, and Austria(Georgian manuscripts of the Typicon of the Georgian Petritsoni Monastery(Bachkovo, Bulgaria), the so-called Tischendorf manuscriptsof the Apagae of the Monastery of the Holy Cross at the University Library in the University of Leipzig, Germany, etc.).
The invasion of Poland by German troops in 1939 made Peradze's position precarious. For him being in solidarity with Jews in peril went without saying; and he helped wherever he could. Nor did he hesitate to visit the imprisoned Polish Metropolitan Dionysios. These activities were viewed with growing suspicion by the Nazi occupiers and Peradze's fruitful ecclesiastic and scientific activities were brought to an end in 1942 when, on May 4, he was arrested by the German
Gestapo. [ [http://www.geocities.com/sisauri/language/geo/feradze.html Lukas Vischer: A Georgian Saint: Grigol Peradze (1899-1942)] ] On December 6, 1942, Grigol Peradze was killed in the Nazi concentration campof Auschwitz ( Oświęcim) when he entered a gas-chamber instead of a Jewish prisoner who had a large family.
Main fields of scientific activity of Grigol Peradze were: the history of the
Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church, source studies of the history of Georgia and the Georgian Church, Patrology, history of Georgian literature, Rustvelology( Shota Rustaveliwas a great Georgian poet of the 12th century), etc.
Grigol Peradze was canonized by the Georgian Orthodox and Apostolic Church in 1995. The Feast Day for St. Priest Martyr Grigol is December 6.
Some main scientific works of Grigol Peradze
* Die Anfänge des Mönchtums in Georgien.- "Zeitschrift für Kirchengeschichte", 47, Heft 1, Stuttgart, 1928, pp. 34-75 (in German)
* L'activité littéraire des moines géorgiens au monastère d'Iviron au mont Athos.- "Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique", 27, Fasc. 3, Paris, 1927, pp. 530-539 (in French)
* Über das georgische Mönchtum.- "Internationale Kirchliche Zeitschrift", 34, Heft 3, Bern, 1926, pp. 152-168 (in German)
* Die Probleme der ältesten Kirchengeschichte Georgiens.- "Oriens Christianus", 29, Bd. 7, Wiesbaden, 1932, pp. 153-171 (in German)
* Zur vorbyzantinischen Liturgie Georgiens.- "Le Museon", 42, Fasc. 2, Louvain, 1929, pp. 90-99 (in German)
* Les Monuments liturgiques prébyzantins en langue géorgienne.- "Le Museon", 45, Fasc. 4, Louvain, 1932, pp. 255-272 (in French)
* The Liturgy of Saint Peter.- "Kyrios", 2, Fasc. 3, 1937, pp. 260-262
* An Account of the Georgian Monks and Monasteries in Palestine as revealed in the Writings of Nongeorgian Pilgrims.- "Georgica", 2, Vol. 4-5, London, 1937, pp. 181-246
* Über die Georgischen Handschriften in Österreich.- "Wiener Zeitschrift für die Kunde des Morgenlandes", 47, Heft 3-4, Wien, 1940, pp. 219-232 (in German)
* Im Dienste der Georgischen Kultur.- "Aus der Welt des Ostens", Königsberg, 1940, pp. 30-50 (in German)
Notes and references
Literature about Grigol Peradze
* Victor Nozadze. "Grigol Peradze".- Georgian journal "Mamuli", Buenos-Aires, No 5, 1952
* Tamar Dularidze. About the life and death of Grigol Peradze.- "Russkaia Misl", New York, 13-19.VII, 1995 (In Russian)
* "Artanuji" (The Georgian historical scientific journal), Tbilisi, No 11, 2003 (Special issue: Grigol Peradze), 120 pp (In Georgian)
* David Kolbaia (editor) "St. Grigol (Peradze) works nr 1, in: Pro Georgia Journal of Kartvelological Studies nr 13, 200.
* [http://www.geocities.com/sisauri/language/geo/feradze.html Lukas Vischer: A Georgian Saint: Grigol Peradze (1899-1942)]
* [http://www.kosciol.pl/article.php/20041230232911240/print Świadkowie XX wieku - Grzegorz Peradze (in Polish)]
* [http://www.pravoslavie.ru/cgi-bin/sykon/client/display.pl?sid=381&did=1601 Sviaschennomuchenik Arkhimandrit Grigorii (Peradze) (in Russian)]
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