Feast of St. George Sunday October 20, 2019

The Feast of St. George
St. George is revered all over the world. He is the patron Saint of England, Ethiopia and Malta; in our Orthodox tradition St. George takes a prominent place.
Early Christian tradition tells us that St. George was born to Christian parents in the late third century. After his father was martyred for his faith, his mother took the little boy back to her home town Diospolis, now in the modern city of Ramle/Lod.
St. George became a soldier in the Roman army, and his bravery and discipline made him climb ranks. St. George was steadfast in his faith, and, as a Christian, refused to bring the pagan sacrifice to the Roman emperor Diocletianus, venerating him as a god. He was tortured and martyred around 303 AD.
St. George is often pictured killing a dragon. In the Bible the dragon, or serpent, represents evil.
Later Christian tradition also recounts that in a certain city, a dragon pestered the inhabitants, demanding two sheep a day. When there were no more sheep in the village, the vicious dragon demanded a human sacrifice.
The inhabitants casts the lot, and the daughter of the city’s governour was chosen. When they were taking the crying girl to the dragon’s den, St. George passed by. When he heard what happened, and what was about to happen, he decided to interfere. He followed the girl into the den, crossed himself and slew the fire-spitting dragon before it could attack. The citizens were in awe, and recognized God’s powerful works. That day many were baptized and became Christians.
St. George sets us an example in bravery, steadfastness and strong faith.

Sunday October 20, 2019, the Divine Liturgy will be celebrated in St. George’s Church in Ramle.

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