Icon of St. George the Victorious ('St. George's Miracle of the Dragon', 15th cent., Novgorod)

Icon of St. George the Victorious ('St. George's Miracle of the Dragon', 15th cent., Novgorod)
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The image of St. George is based on an old legend, according to which the Saint delivered a princess doomed to become a victim of a dragon which exterminated the inhabitants of Beirut. The girl was to be sacrificed, but St. George came to her rescue and killed the dragon. St. George on a horse slaying the dragon symbolizes the victory over the devil, "the dragon of old".
Great Martyr George was born in Cappadocia (Asia Minor). Having joined the army, the youth quickly became noted for his intellect, courage and attractiveness. He was soon promoted to an officer's position, George became the favorite of Emperor Diocletianus, a Pagan. Having witnesses a ruthless court sentence to exterminate some Christians, George was ignited by compassion. He professed Christianity and denounced the Emperor's cruelty and injustice. After failing to convince George to give up Christ, the Emperor ordered to torture him. The youth stood them with endurance. Finally, he was beheaded. St. George reposed in Nicomedia in 303. For his courage and spiritual victory over his torturers, and help to people, he was called the Victorious. He is the patron Saint of the army, the state, and families. His commemoration day (the day of his death), April 23/ May 6, is celebrated by the Orthodox Church as a feast day.

 
St. George's commemoration day (the day of his death), April 23/ May 6, is celebrated by the Orthodox Church as a feast day.

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