Свети Великомученик Георгије – Ђурђевдан – The Holy and Great Martyr George

531827_502782793104314_605151546_nОвај славни и победоносни светитељ беше рођен у Кападокији као син богатих и благочестивих родитеља. Отац му пострада за Христа, и мајка му се пресели у Палестину. Када порасте Ђорђе оде у војску, где доспе у двадесетој својој години до чина трибуна, и као такав беше на служби при цару Диоклецијану. Када овај цар отпоче страшно гоњење на хришћане, ступи Ђорђе пред њега и одважно исповеди, да је и он хришћанин. Цар га баци у тамницу, а нареди да му се ноге ставе у кладе а на прси тежак камен. По том нареди, те га везаше на точак, под којим беху даске са великим ексерима, и да га тако окрећу, док му цело тело не поста као једна крвава рана. По том га закопа у ров, тако да му само глава беше ван земље, и остави га у рову три дана и три ноћи. По том преко некога мађионичара даде му смртоносни отров. Но при свим овим мукама Ђорђе се непрестано мољаше Богу, и Бог га исцељиваше тренутно, и спасаваше од смрти на велико удивљење народа. Када и мртваца једног молитвом васкрсе, тада многи примише веру Христову. Међу овима беше и жена царева Александра, и главни жрец Атанасије, и земљоделац Гликерије, и Валерије, Донат и Терина. Најзад осуди цар Ђорђа и своју жену Александру на посечење мачем. Блажена Александра издахну на губилишту пре посечења, а св. Ђорђе би посечен 303 год. Чудесима, која се десише на гробу св. Ђорђа нема броја. Нема броја ни његовим јављањима у сну и на јави многима, који га споменуше и његову помоћ поискаше од онда до дана данашњега. Разгоревши се љубављу према Христу Господу светом Ђорђу не беше тешко све оставити ради те љубави: и чин, и богатство, и царску почаст, и пријатеље, и сав свет. За ту љубав Господ га награди венцем неувеле славе на небу и на земљи и животом вечним у царству Свом. Још му дарова Господ силу и власт да помаже у бедама и невољама свима онима који га славе и његово име призивају.

This renowned and glorious martyr was born in Cappadocia, the son of rich and God-fearing parents. His father suffered for Christ, after which his mother moved to Palestine. When George grew up, he went into the army, in which he rose, by the age of twenty, to the rank of tribune, and as such was in service under the Emperor Diocletian. When this Emperor began a terrible persecution of Christians, George came before him and boldly confessed that he was a Christian. The Emperor threw him into prison, and commanded that his feet be put in the stocks and a heavy weight placed on his chest. After that, he commanded that he be bound on a wheel, under which was a board with great nails protruding, and thus be turned. He then had him buried in a pit with only his head above the ground, and left there for three days and nights. Then, through some magician, he gave him deadly poison, but in the face of all these tortures, George prayed unceasingly to God, and God healed him instantly and saved him from death, to the great amazement of the people. When he also raised a dead man to life by his prayers, many embraced the Christian faith. Among these was the Emperor’s wife, Alexandra, and the chief pagan priest, Athanasius, the governor Glycerius and Valerius, Donatus and Therinus. Finally, the Emperor commanded that George and the Empress Alexandra be beheaded. Blessed Alexandra died on the scaffold before being killed, and St George was beheaded. This happened in the year 303. The miracles that have been performed at his grave are without number. Also are his appearances in dreams to those who, thinking on him, have sought his help, from that time up to the present day. Consumed by love for Christ, it was not difficult for holy George to leave all for this love – his status, wealth and imperial favour, his friends and the whole world. For this love, the Lord rewarded him with a wreath of unfading glory in heaven and on earth, and with eternal life in His Kingdom. The Lord further endowed him with the power to help in need and distress all who honour him and call on his name.

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