Our Patron Saint
Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Cultivated by God, you became manifest as an honorable tiller gathering for yourself the
sheaves of virtue. For you sowed with tears but reaped with gladness; in the
contest you competed with your blood and came away with Christ. By your
intercessions, O Holy One, all are granted forgiveness of sins.
About the Great Martyr Saint George the Trophy-bearer
George, a truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or a chilliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honored for his courage. When he learned that Emperor Diocletian was preparing a to persecute Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming him by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia. His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. St. George's Feast Day is celebrated on April 23; the translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.
[From The Great Horologion (Book of Hours), Holy Transfiguration Monastery, Boston, MA]