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Published On: Mon, Aug 19th, 2013

Martyrs – St.George

Martyrs – St.George

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Saint George was born to a Greek Christian noble family in Lydda Palestine during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 AD and he died in the Greek city, Nicomedia. His father Gerontios was a Greek from Cappadocia, officer in the Roman army and his mother Polychronia was a Greek from the city Lydda Palestine. They were both Christians and from noble families of Anici so the George was raised with Christian beliefs. At the age of 14 George lost his father few years later George’s mother Polychronia died.

Then George decided to go to Nicomedia the imperial city of that time and present himself to Emperor Diocletian to apply for a career as a soldier. Diocletian welcomed him with open arms as he had known his father Gerontius — one of his finest soldiers. By his late 20s George was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.

In the year AD 302 Diocletian (influenced by Galerius) issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods of that time. However George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and ruler. Diocletian was upset not wanting to lose his best tribune and the son of his best official Gerontius. George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict and in front of his fellow soldiers and Tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship to Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George even offering gifts of land money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods. The Emperor made many offers but George never accepted.

Recognizing the futility of his efforts Diocletian was left with no choice but to have him executed for his refusal. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions including laceration on a wheel of swords in which he was resuscitated three times George was executed by decapitation before Nicomedia’s city wall on April 23 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius a pagan priest to become Christians as well and so they joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda in Palestine for burial where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

Abad of Jesus Christ,

  Stulo Robinson.S.

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