THE HOLY NEO

January 17

From the Prologue

George was an Albanian. He was born in the village of Churkli, Albania of very impoverished farmer parents. The Turks used force to persuade George to embrace Islam, but he remained steadfast in the Christian Faith for which he was hanged in Ioannina on January 17, 1838 A.D. Even unto today, George is a great miracle-worker and healer.

HYMN OF PRAISE

ST. ANTHONY THE GREAT - ST. THEODOSIUS THE GREAT

ST. GEORGE THE NEW MARTYR

Above all divisions, above all classes,

The fearless God stands; the Lord above armies.

The wealthy he does not despise, nor, of the poor, is He ashamed.

Of the powerful, He is not afraid and, to the sinful, He beckons: Come!

Saints from everywhere, for Himself, He recruits

This one who begs and that one who rules

As a cherry-picker that plucks only the sweet cherries

Without concern, whether the branches are coarse or smooth,

Into one beautiful wreath, the Lord weaves all,

Only when the souls are repentant and holy.

Anthony the wonderful, throughout his life fasted,

Theodosius, the whole world, treated with Christ.

And George of Ioannina, his blood for Christ, shed -

All three, the Lord loved, eternally.The Lord does not have loathing toward His crops

Nor toward other weaknesses of the created world.

Toward all, He is the same, but toward Him, all are not,

To everyone, He is of service; to everything merciful,

Always, above everything and above all classes,

Always, the fearless God; the Lord above armies.





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