Saint George – Life History

Saint George (Greek: Γεώργιος Geṓrgios; Latin: Georgius; AD 275–281 to 23 April 303), was a Roman soldier and military officer in the Guard of Emperor Diocletian of the Roman army, who ordered his death for failing to recant his Christian faith. As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.

In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon killing in Beirut, Lebanon. His memorial, Saint George’s Day, is traditionally celebrated on the Julian date of 23 April (currently 6 May according to the Gregorian calendar). Numerous countries, cities, professions and organisations claim Saint George as their patron.

According to some sources his parents were Christians of the noble Roman family of the Anici. Other sources say his parents were Christians of Greek background; his father Gerontius was a Roman army official from Cappadocia and his mother Polychronia was a Christian from Lydda in the Roman province of Syria Palaestina (Palestine). Accounts differ regarding whether George was born in Cappadocia or Syria Palaestina, but agree that he was raised at least partly in Lydda. Source : wikipedia Read more.

St George Forane Church, Aruvithura

Georgian pilgrim centre of the east – Puthuppally church

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Aruvithura Valyachan – St. George’s Church at Aruvithura

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D.

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Converge – Photo challenge

Side View - Aruvithura Church

Front View - Aruvithura Church

Front View – Aruvithura Church

St. Mary's Forane Church - Athirampuzha

St. Mary’s Forane Church – Athirampuzha

Photography 101: Glass

Altar - St. George - Aruvithura Church

Altar – St. George Church – Aruvithura

This is the special Altar of St. George Church, Aruvithura, Kottayam Dist, Kerala State, India. View more photos of this Beautiful Church

The visitation

The Visitation

This is the Rosary and Litany garden in Athirampuzha Church. This garden display all the mysteries of holy rosary, litany. Also display The wedding feast of Cana, The annunciation, The visitation, The Birth of Jesus, The Presentation of Jesus,  Jesus Baptism in the Jordan, Jesus in the Temple, The Institution of the Eucharistic, Jacob’s well, The Transfiguration etc. View more photos of Photo-Rosary And Litany Garden

Athirampuzha Church - Chuttu vilakku

Athirampuzha Church – Chuttu vilakku

This is called chuttu vilakku. Oil lamps in a row is fixed around this. you can see small steel mugs there.  Oil offered by devotees is kept there. People take one mug oil and pour drops in each lamp in the row. Since the photo is zoom, lamps are not visible. Pouring oil in this lamp is an offering there.  View more photos of the feast celebration of this beautiful church

Photography 101: Treasure – Aruvithura Church

Side View - Aruvithura Church

It was my great wish to visit this church once. Last June I could visit and that is a great treasure for me.

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D.  You are welcome to view more photos of this beautiful ancient church.

This church is around 15 mins (7.2 km) away from Bharananganam, Palai, where the Tomb of  St. Alphonsa – The passion flower of Kerala is situated, and 31.6 km (app.1 hr) away from the world renowned pilgrim centre St. Mary’s Forane Church, Athirampuzha.

Beautiful Church, Aruvithura – Photo

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D. I have taken photos during my visit to this church.

Front View - Aruvithura Church

Front View – Aruvithura Church

Side View - Aruvithura Church

Side View – Aruvithura Church

St. George - Aruvithura Church

St. George – Aruvithura Church

Holy Mary - Aruvithura Church

Holy Mary – Aruvithura Church

Altar - Aruvithura Church

Altar – Aruvithura Church

Altar - St. George - Aruvithura Church

Altar – St. George – Aruvithura Church

Aruvithura Church

Aruvithura Church

St George Forane Church, Aruvithura

St.George Forane Church Aruvithura belonging to the Syro-Malabar Rite in the diocese of Palai, is situated on the left bank of the river Meenachil. A beacon of the nineteen century old Christian faith, the church stands on an account aboveboard spot, about 25 miles due east to Kottayam.

One of the oldest churches in Kerala, it is believed that St. George’s Church at Aruvithura in Kottayam, was accustomed by St. Thomas in the first century A.D. The yearly feast is committed to St. George, the patron of the church and has all the approved festivities, rituals and appearance archetypal of church feasts in Kerala. I have taken photos of this beautiful church.