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Saint George the Martyr
« on: April 23, 2003, 12:22:06 AM »
23 April -- Saint George the Martyr

Come, you who have discernment and listen to the heroic deeds of Saint George.
What tortures and sufferings the saint endured
In the house of judgement from evil-doers and he was not frightened,
Neither by the fire nor by the wheel of torture nor by the sword.

As I was passing near the court, I saw a wonder, a young man, George,
Stretched out on the wheel of torture, with fire under him,
Fire on his side and tortures of all kinds, but the Holy Spirit comforted him like a mother,
"Fear not, George, your crown is already woven."

While the judges put the young man George to torture,
The Holy Spirit comforted him like a mother,
"Come in peace, glorious athlete, who offered yourself in sacrifice to God.
If the impious tyrant cuts off your tongue, I will speak for you and nothing will go wrong."

Glory to the Father Who chose you and conferred great honour on you, O glorious martyr.
Adoration to the Son Who strengthened you and led you to triumph in the contest.  
Thanksgiving to the Holy Spirit Who magnified your name in the four quarters of the earth.
May your prayer protect the Church which celebrates your festival.


« Last Edit: April 23, 2003, 12:23:04 AM by Mor Ephrem »
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Re:Saint George the Martyr
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2003, 05:36:21 AM »
Mor Ephrem, have you celebrated Pascha already?
Saint George is celebrated on April 23 except when it happens to fall within Pascha, in which case he is celebrated on Monday of Bright Week (I had to check with my wife on this although I should know. My son is named after the great martyr.)

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Re:Saint George the Martyr
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2003, 09:31:16 AM »
Yes, John.  The Church in India received permission (or its own Synod voted for this, I am not sure of the details) in 1953 to use the Western date for Pascha, and so this past Sunday was Pascha for us.  Because of this, there is no conflict in celebrating Saint George's feast this week (some of the Syrian texts allude to having celebrated Pascha or being in the midst of the Paschal season).
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Bartholomew, 270th Archbishop of Constantinople-New Rome and Ecumenical Patriarch, is spiritual leader to 300 million Orthodox Christians throughout the world.