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Read about the life of our patron Saint: Saint George The Holy Triumphant and Great Martyr Hymn to St. George, Tone 4

As the liberator of prisoners,
and the protector of those in poverty, physician of the sick, and defender of ruling kings, O George Triumphant Great Martyr, intercede with Christ our God, that our souls may be saved.

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November 22, 2015 - "ST. JOHN THE MERCIFUL”

This 7th century Patriarch of Alexandria was born in Cyprus. John was a man of considerable wealth, but his wife died, and then all of his children. After he had laid his children to eternal rest, he used all his wealth to relieve the burdens of the poor.

When the office of the patriarch became vacant, John was selected and consecrated to the post. One of his first acts was to request a list of his “masters” to be made. When asked what he meant, Patriarch John replied that he wanted to know how many poor there were demanding his services in the great city, for like his Lord, he had come to minister to THEIR needs!

It is said that as many as 7,500 were found without a livelihood, and the Patriarch set about helping them. When he found out that the meager savings of the poor were wasted by the fraud of tradesmen using unequal balances and unjust measures, the Patriarch began attacking such dealings and stirred up considerable hostility.

Twice a week he put his throne outside the church door, and placed two benches before it, that he might hear the complaints of the oppressed, and then remedy them if possible. One day he was found crying softly. When asked why, he answered, “Because none seek my assistance this day.” But he was told, “You should rather rejoice that there is no need.” Then he thanked God and rejoiced.

John was wise in his charity. To women and girls he gave twice as much as to men, because they were less able to earn a living. But he would not allow anything to be given to those who were dressy and adorned with trinkets.

Once he observed that as soon as the Gospel was read at the Liturgy, a portion of the congregation left and stood outside the church, talking among themselves.

The Patriarch went and seated himself amongst them, saying, “Where the sheep are, there the shepherd must be also.” With shame they went back into the church, and thus the habit was broken.

He was mindful of the needs of the slaves. To the masters he spoke: “These men are made in the image of God. What constitutes you different from them? You and y our slaves have legs and arms, eyes and mouths and a soul alike. . . . In Christ, master and slave are equal . . .”

This humble saint lived a simple life. His clothing, furniture and diet were all the most minimal. John truly evoked the sentiment of one of the Beatitudes: “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

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