holy Apostles Andrew the First-called and Simon the Canaanite first
preached the Christian Faith in Georgia in the 1st century, but at the
beginning of the 4th century most of the country was still pagan.
After the Theotokos revealed God’s will for her future, the
Equal-to-the-Apostles Nino set off for Georgia to enlighten the Iberian
people. She arrived in Armenia with the holy martyrs and virgins
Rhipsimia, Gaiana and their fifty companions. The holy virgins were
martyred in Armenia and, according to God’s will, St. Nino journeyed on
alone to Lake Paravani, entering Georgia from the Javakheti Mountains.
She arrived in the spring, but the weather was unseasonably cold.
The Apostolic Church of Georgia has honored the Entrance of the holy
Equal-to-the-Apostles Nino as a major feast day. The Church also
commemorates her on January 14, the day of her repose.