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Christ is risen, and brings the joy! Spring hath shined forth as the dawn; come, let us celebrate…

ΑΝΑΣΤΑΣΗ ΤΟΥ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥ_Holy Resurrection of Jesus Christ_Воскресение Иисуса Христа_56929.bTogether with Saint Seraphim of Sarov, I send you the sweetest greeting:
“‘Christ is risen, my joy.’

Χριστός ανέστη! Αληθώς ανέστη!
Christ is Risen! Truly He is Risen!
ХристосВоскрес! Воистину Воскрес!
Kristus (ir) augšāmcēlies! Patiesi viņš ir augšāmcēlies!
ქრისტეაღსდგა! ჭეშმარიტადაღსდგა!
Le Christ est ressuscité! Vraiment Il est ressuscité!
Hristos a înviat! Adevărat a înviat!
Cristo ha resucitado! Verdaderamente, ha resucitado!
Kristos (İsa) dirildi! Gerçekten dirildi!
Christos E Anviat! Adeverat Anviat!
Al-Masih-Qam! Hakkan Qam!

«Rejoice!». «Peace be unto you!»

St. George the Great-martyr,the Trophy-bearer and St. Martyr Polychronia mother of St. George the Trophy-bearer

Commemorated on 23 April or on Monday of Bright Week.
(If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.)

A Poem by St. Nikolai Velimirovich

People rejoice, nations hear:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Stars dance, mountains sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Forests murmur, winds hum:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Seas bow, animals roar:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bees swarm, and the birds sing:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Angels stand, triple the song:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Sky humble yourself, and elevate the earth:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Bells chime, and tell to all:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Glory to You God, everything is possible to You:
Christ is risen, and brings the joy.Άγιος Γεώργιος ο Τροπαιοφόρος _Saint George the Trophy-bearer_ Святой Георгий Победоносец_წმინდა გიორგი გმირავს__IGP1641Hymn of Praise
Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer
by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič

Saint George on a tall horse
Saved the maiden from the dragon,
On his lance, the sign of the Cross,
Holy weapon, invincible,
With that weapon, the dragon he slayed,
The spared maiden, to the father he returned,
With his goodness, he indebted God Himself
With a wreath of glory, God repaid him.
Saint George with a hero’s heart,
All wealth, he distributed to the poor,
Rejected the honor and glory of the world
For the sake of the Name of Christ, the Victor,
Sufferings he embraced; sufferings willingly,
His body crushed for the salvation of the soul,
With his goodness, he indebted God Himself,
With a wreath of glory, God repaid him.
George, the Saint and Victor-bearer
Even now walks with the cross on his lance,
Justice he defends, injustice he punishes,
Whoever invokes him with faith and tears,
Whoever prays to him with a repenting soul,
George, the Saint flies to his aid.
With his goodness, he indebted God Himself,
With a wreath of glory, God repaid him
The Prologue from Ohrid: Lives of Saints by Saint Nikolai Velimirovič for Old Calendar date April 23, and New Calendar date May 6.Γεώργιος ο Τροπαιοφόρος _Saint George the Trophy-bearer_ Святой Георгий Победоносец_წმინდა გიორგი გმირავს_333Мозаика_Георгия_Победоносца_(1)The Miraculous Icon of Panagia Portraitissa (The Keeper of the Portal) of Iveron
6,000 Martyrs of the St David Gareji Monastery who accepted martyrdom in the year 1616, Georgia
Sts. Raphael, Nicholas and Irene the Newly-Revealed Martyrs of Lesvos

Commemorated on Tuesday of Bright Week

In the wilderness of David-Garejeli in Georgia, there were twelve monasteries in which many monks practiced and lived the ascetical life for centuries. In 1615 A.D., the great king of Persia, Shah Abbas I, attacked Georgia, devasted it and beheaded many Christians. Once while hunting early in the morning on the Feast of the Resurrection, Shah Abbas noticed many lights in the mountains. They were the monks from the twelve monasteries in procession around the Church of the Resurrection with lighted tapers in hand. When the Shah discovered that they were monks, he asked in amazement: “Has not all of Georgia been given over to the sword?” He then ordered his solders to immediately go and behead all the monks. At that moment an angel of God appeared to Abbot Arsenius and informed him of impending death. Arsenius informed his brethren. They all received Communion of the All-Pure Mysteries and prepared themselves for death. Suddenly, the assailants arrived and hacked to pieces, first of all, the abbot, who came before the others and, after that, all the rest. They all suffered honorably and were crowned with incorruptible wreaths in the year 1615 A.D. Thus, ended the history of these famous monasteries which, for more than a thousand years, served as the spiritual hearth of enlightenment for the Georgians. Only two of the monasteries exist today: St. David and St. John the Forerunner. The Georgian Emperor Arcil gathered the relics of the monks and honorably interred them. Even today, these relics emit a sweet-smelling Chrism (oil) and heal the sick.
http://prologue.orthodox.cn/April10.htm

Hymn of Praise
Saint Nikolai Velimirovič
The Six-Thousand Martyrs OF Georgia

Six-thousand chosen ones of God
They rejoiced in the glorious resurrection,
Six-thousand hearts of men,
The entire flock of innocent lambs!
Around the church, with tapers they processed,
Sweet hymns to the Resurrection they sang,
While the terrible wolf, from the midnight darkness
With hungry wolves attacked,
To slaughter the innocent lambs.
Those were not lambs, but shepherds
The suffering Georgian race,
Saints and illuminators,
All monks, wonderful ascetics.
For all, Arsenius foresaw death,
And spoke thusly to the monks:
Brethren of mine, sons of Georgia,
The hour has come to drink of the cup
The sweet cup of suffering for Christ.
Behold, the wolves rush through the mountains
Faster brethren, to the All-Pure Communion.
And, after that, a bloody baptism!
Repent for yourself and for the people,
And all your thoughts to God, direct,
Your evil doers, you forgive,
The doors of Paradise, for us are opening.
Let every brother, forgive his brother.
Christ is Risen – that we resurrect,
Faithful to Him, we are until we die!

Apolytikion of Panagia Portaitissa – First Tone (J.Sanidopoulos translation)

Your sacred icon O Lady Portaitissa, which has come by the sea, is wondrous in your flock, we honor as a pure blessing, and faithfully as a repository of your glory, from it you pour forth gifts, to those who cry out fervently. Glory to your wonders O Pure One, Glory to your providence, Glory to your rich goodness towards us.

Troparion to the Iveron Icon, Tone 7

From thy Holy Icon, O Lady Theotokos, blessed myrrh has flowed abundantly. Thou hast thereby consoled those, in exile, faithful unto thee, and hast enlighten the unbelievers by thy Son’s light. Therefore O Lady, with tears we bow down to thee. Be merciful to us in the hour of judgment. Lest having received thy mercy we be punished as those who have been contemptuous of it. But grant us through thy prayers to bring forth spiritual fruit, and save our souls.

Glory to the Lauds of St George
Glory. Plagal of First Tone, By Theophanes

Spring hath shined forth as the dawn; come, let us celebrate. The Resurrection of Christ hath appeared in splendour, come, let us be glad. The memorial of the prizewinner hath been revealed, making the faithful bright with joy. Come, therefore, O feast lovers, let us mystically keep the festival; for this man, as a good soldier, bravely defied the tyrants and put them to shame, becoming an imitator of Christ the Saviour’s Passion. Unto his own clay vessel he showed no mercy, but cast it naked into the forge, transforming it by means of torments. Let us cry out to him: O prizewinner George, make entreaty that our souls be saved.

Κυρά μου Πορταϊτισσα – My Lady Portaitissa /Nektaria Karantzi

Christ is risen, and brings the joy!
Христос Воскресе, Радост донесе!
Људи ликујте народи чујте: ХРИСТОС ВАСКРСЕ!!!
Св. Николай Велимирович

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