Friday, May 24, 2024 UTC

APRIL 23: COMMEMORATION OF ST. GEORGE GREAT- MARTYR AND WONDER-WORKER (SIMPLE HOLY DAY)

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The Gospel Reading for today is John 15:17-18.2, in which Jesus is addressing the Apostles (minus Judas).  Though world hatred, most important is loving one another and bearing witness to God. Jesus initially states: “This I command you, to love one another.” As Christ lived humbly and showed love to others, He expects the same from His followers. He the “vine” and they the “branches.” Thus He says: “As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.”

On April 23rd we commemorate Saint George. He was a soldier in the Roman army & is venerated as a Christian martyr. On 24 Feb AD 303, Emperor Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian army soldier be arrested and every other soldier offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. St. George objected, and claimed to the Emperor himself a Christian. Diocletian attempted to convert George by offering land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods, but George never accepted. Therefore, the Emperor had him tortured and executed. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor. He is immortalized as Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and a prominent military saint. In iconography, he is depicted as slaying a dragon (representing Satan) and often there is an image of a young maiden (wife of Diocletian, Alexandra) looking on from a distance.

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