St. George Greatmartyr, Victory-bearer and Wonderworker
Feast Day - July 12th
The Icon of St. George depicts him on a horse spearing a serpent - It is taken from a legend from the saint's native city of Beirut where there were many idol-worshippers. According to the legend, outside the city, near Mount Lebanon, was a large lake, inhabited by an enormous dragon-like serpent. Coming out of the lake, it devoured people, and there was nothing anyone could do, since the breath from its nostrils poisoned the very air.
On the advice of the demons inhabiting the idols, the local ruler came to a decision. Each day the people would draw lots to feed their own children to the serpent, and he promised to sacrifice his only daughter when his turn came. That time did come, and the ruler dressed her in her finest attire, then sent her off to the lake. The girl wept bitterly, awaiting her death. Unexpectedly for her, St. George rode up on his horse with spear in hand. The girl implored him not to leave her, lest she perish.
The saint signed himself with the Sign of the Cross. He rushed at the serpent saying, "In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." St. George pierced the throat of the serpent with his spear and trampled it with his horse. Then he told the girl to bind the serpent with her sash, and lead it into the city like a dog on a leash.
Troparion in tone 4
You were bound for good deeds, O martyr of Christ: George;
Kontakion in tone 4
God raised you as his own gardener, O George,
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