Simon the Zealot (Acts 1:13), Simon, who was called the Zealot (Luke 6:15), Simon Canaanite (Matthew 10:4) was one of the apostles of Jesus Christ. According to Georgian tradition, Christianity was first preached in Georgia by the Apostles Simon, Andrew, Matthias, Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century. One of the oldest traditions was that St.Simon the Zealot was martyred in Georgia. Georgian tradition holds that he preached in Western Georgia and was buried near Sokhumi in the village of Anakopia, where New Athos Monastery is located and St.Simon was especially venerated. The Order of Simon the Zealot (Canaanite) was founded by HRH Hereditary Prince Irakli Bagrationi in 2017 as the highest dynasty order of House of Bagrationi – Imereti. This Order is given to members of the Dynasty and kinsmen exclusively. It may be awarded to sovereigns, princes of sovereign houses and heads of state, heads of church for meritorious service to the Crown. The Order of Simon the Zealot (Canaanite) is a House Order of the Royal House of Bagrationi-Imereti. The Order consists of a single class.
On 1752 Solomon I the King of Imereti founded a completely new institute, the order of the” men of the oath”. “Men of the oath” gathered in a special place every year of May 15th. This order consists on only faithful members, who serve the King and recognize his supremacy. Now HRH Hereditary Prince Irakli Bagrationi has re-founded this order. HRH is The Leader of The Order of “Men of The Oath”. The Order consists of a single class.