Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
Христос Воскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment Il est ressuscité!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente, ha resucitado!
St. George the Great-martyr,the Trophy-bearer and St. Martyr Polychronia, mother of St. George the Trophy-bearer
Commemorated on 23 April and 3 November the Translation of the Relics and Dedication of the Temple of St. George in Lydda
George, cutting down all his foes in battles,
Is gladly cut down of his foes by beheading.
On the twenty-third George’s neck was seized
by the brazen blade.
Set me as a seal upon thy heart, as a seal upon thine arm; for love is strong as death; (Song of Songs 8,6)
Our Church today celebrates the feast of a martyr. If we try to pay any tribute to the celebrated martyr, we will demean him. This particular Saint is the glory of all martyrs, the boast of the Saints and the prestige of the Heavens and the Church Triumphant. He is the all- mighty George. No Christian exists who has not called upon George’s sweet name, be it a baby or a man on his deathbed. There is no Christian country which does not boast of a church dedicated to his name, even if it is now in ruins. This guiding light of a Saint hides a great mystery not properly deciphered yet. Why do people love him so much? His love for people is so great that he prevents us forgetting him. Instead we are constantly calling his name.
This particular hero has managed to perfect his Christian capacity not only through his confession of faith but also through martyrdom. And he continues in the same vein after his martyrdom. He has embraced the Church and the faithful of all ages throughout the universe. Even in places where Orthodoxy is unheard of and the mist of idolatry still covers everything, he descends uninvited and offers the presence of his love. He was aptly named by the Church as ‘Athloforos’(Accomplisher) , Tropaioforos’ (Trophy-bearer) and ‘Great Martyr’. All martyrs are described as ‘great’ because they have sacrificed their lives and have demonstrated their perfect love for our Jesus. However in my opinion the descriptions ‘Athloforos’ and ‘Tropaioforos’ do not refer so much to the courage he had shown during his torment as to the fullness of his love, verified not only in his lifetime but also unto to the end of ages. This love has enabled him to intervene and prevent even the slightest form of suffering and offer his support to anyone calling his name…
Let us all seek St George’s love, with the proper frame of mind, since he is looking for such excuses to employ his all powerful mediation and fortify us in our struggle. For it is said: ‘Blessed is he who has kin in Zion and relatives in Jerusalem’. Behold, we boast that St George is our kin and our relative. We have praised him with meager words, in order to offer him the excuse to fulfill his divine-like love and grant us the heavens. Amen. (Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi, The winner of the trophy of love (In memory of the great Martyr, St George, the Trophy bearer)
The veneration of Saint George enjoyed enormous popularity throughout the Christian world, both East and West. Throughout the ages Saint George has shown himself to be a speedy help and protector to all who call on him in faith, whether on land, air, or sea, to the very ends of the earth…thousands of churches have been dedicated to him and every Christian soul sees in him the incarnation of the virtues of valor, patience in affliction and trust in the help of grace that Christ, the Leader in battle, has enjoined on all the soldiers enrolled in His army of devotion.
Apolytikion of St. George the Great Martyr Fourth Tone
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.
Fourth Tone. The Original Melody
AS I voyage upon the sea, * as I journey o’er hill and plain, * as I sleep
throughout the night, do thou keep me safe! *As I wake do thou rescue me,
all-blessed Great Martyr George; deem me worthy to perform * every day the
Lord’s holy will, * so that I may find * in the day of dread judgment the remission
of all sins that in my lifetime * I have wrought, who now flee unto thee.
(HYMNS FROM THE GREAT VESPERS)
This chosen and holy day
AS sweet-smelling flowers from another Paradise, let us gather hymns from
the divinely-inspired Book of Psalms, and come, let us plait a bright garland
of songs woven for the Martyr; for he triumphed, and destroyed the power of
COME, O Melodist, chief of the Prophets, speak: That righteous man, which
flourisheth like a palm tree, who and what manner of man is he? He is the
great conqueror George, a tree verily laden with sweet fruit that nourisheth the
St. George the Great-martyr,the Trophy-bearer, the Victorious, the Wonderworker and St.Polychronia pray to God for us and help us!
Pray to God for us, that the Light from Pascha illumine our hearts and minds, and our lives through Christ’s redeeming glory and through your intercessions for us. Amen.
Happy namesday to all the Georges, Georgias and Polychronias of the world.