Sunday, November 19, 2017 UTC

APRIL 22 & 23: COMMEMORATION OF ST. GEORGE GREAT-MARTYR

St_%20George2 APRIL 22: VESPERS – 6:30 PM; APRIL 23: LITURGY OF ST. GEORGE – 10:00 AM.

On April 23rd we commemorate Saint George. He was a soldier in the Roman army and is venerated as a Christian martyr. On 24 February AD 303, Emperor Diocletian issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods of the time. However, George objected, and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods, but George never accepted. The Emperor therefore had him tortured and executed via beheading. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor.

He is immortalized in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints. In iconography he is depicted as a slaying a dragon with often the image of the young maiden who looks on from a distance. The interpretation of the image is that the dragon represents both Satan and the monster from his life story. The young maiden is the wife of Diocletian, Alexandra. Thus the image, as interpreted through the language of Byzantine iconography, is an image of the martyrdom of the saint.

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