This glorious and victorious saint was born in Cappadocia the son
of wealthy and virtuous parents. His father suffered for Christ and
his mother then moved to Palestine.
When George grew up, he entered
the military, where in his twentieth year, attained the rank of a
Tribune and as such was in the service of the Emperor Diocletian.
When Diocletian began the terrible persecution against Christians,
George came before him and courageously confessed that he is a
The emperor had him thrown into prison and ordered that
his feet be placed in a stockade of wooden hobbles and that a heavy
stone be placed on his chest. After that, the emperor commanded that
George be tied to a wheel under which was a board with large nails
and he was to be rotated until his entire body became as one bloody
wound. After that, they buried him in a pit with only his head
showing above the ground and there they left him for three days and
Then George was given a deadly poison to drink by some
magician. But, through all of these sufferings, George continuously
prayed to God and God healed him instantly and saved him from death
to the great astonishment of the people. When he resurrected a dead
man through his prayer, many then accepted the Faith of Christ.
Among these also was Alexandra, the wife of the Emperor Athanasius,
the chief pagan priest and the farmers: Glycerius, Valerius, Donatus
and Therinus. Finally the emperor ordered George and his
wife Alexandra beheaded. Blessed Alexandra died on the scaffold
before being beheaded. St. George was beheaded in the year 303 A.D.
The miracles which have occurred over the grave of St. George are
without number. Numerous are his appearances, either in dreams or
openly, to those who have invoked him and implored his help from
that time until today. Enflamed with love for Christ the Lord, it
was not difficult for this saintly George to leave all for the sake
of this love: rank, wealth, imperial honor, his friends and the
entire world. For this love, the Lord rewarded him with the wealth
of unfading glory in heaven and on earth and eternal life in His
kingdom. In addition, the Lord bestowed upon him the power and
authority to assist all those in miseries and difficulties who honor
him and call upon his name.