The Feast of St. George
St. George was born in a Christian home, at the end of the third century, in the Holy Land. After his father died a martyr, his mother took her little boy back to her hometown, to what is now Ramla.
When St. George grew up, he became a soldier in the Roman army, and stood out for his discipline and courage. St. George refused to bring a pagan sacrifice to Emperor Diocletianus, for which he was tortured and martyred around the year 303 AD.
Paintings of St. George often show him killing a serpent or dragon.
This is based upon ancient Christian tradition, telling us the following.
In a certain city a vicious dragon terrorized the inhabitants, and demanded two sheep a day. Eventually there were no more sheep left, the dragon wanted a human sacrifice.
Lots were cast and fell upon the daughter of the mayor. When the inhabitants dragged the crying girl to the dragon’s den, St. George happened to pass by.
When he heard what was about to happen, he followed the girl, and slew the dragon before it attacked.
The whole village recognized God’s powerful works and chose to be baptized and become Christians.
St. George is much revered because he is exemplary in faith and courage.
We cordially invite you to join us in the Feast Day of St. George. Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at 11.00 am on Sunday October 17, 2021, at the Armenian Church of St. George in Ramla.