VENERABLE GEORGE

June 30

From the Prologue

George was born in Iberia [Georgia] in 1014 A.D. and was a relative of the Georgian kings. George received a good classical education in his childhood but his heart drew him to the spiritual life. He lived a life of asceticism with the famous spiritual father George in the Black Mountain. He fled to Holy Mount Athos and continued his asceticism in the monastery Iveron. George became the abbot of Iveron. With the help of Emperor Constantine Monomachus he restored Iveron and covered the monastery church with lead. That lead roof remains even today. He translated the Holy Scriptures, the Prologue and books of the Divine Services into the Georgian language. King Bagrat invited him to Georgia to teach the people. George was royally welcomed in his homeland. He traveled everywhere and taught both the clergy and people. In his old age, he desired to die on Mt. Athos where he set out for but death overtook him in Constantinople in the year 1067 A.D. His relics were translated to Iveron. Even though he died on May 24, the monks of Iveron commemorate his memory on June 30 considering him to be as "equal to the apostles."

HYMN OF PRAISE

THE HOLY APOSTLES

As a dry desert, the whole world was;

Across it [the world] the chariot of the Spirit flew

A fiery vision, the Holy Apostles;

The All-holy Spirit, through them, the universe rebuilt.

The rivers of wondrous grace flowed,

The dead desert, to life converted.

Wonderful Apostles, watery clouds,

Simple ones, wise ones, fishermen, heroes!

From the Ganges to the Thames, they carried the torch,

From the Nile to Pontus, holiness they proclaimed,

From variegated Persia to bronze Gaul,

Where the feet walk or the galleys sail

Everywhere, the miracle of the Incarnate God, brought,

Everywhere, the Name of the Resurrected Christ proclaimed,

Without complaint and fear, without any confusion:

Mountains and seas, to them were not obstacles,

The sword did not frighten them, nor persecution prevent them,

Neither all the fires of Hades which, against them, erupted.

Truth guided them and not a false fable:

Our life is Christ, and death a beautiful gain!

Thus, they spoke. To such as these, what could be done?

Crucify their bodies? Scrape their skins?

That, the world did, but what kind of harm did it do them?

To reign eternally! Thus, God judged.





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