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.
I would like to share about the ancient and famous Puthuppally Church. I have visited this church many times, usually once in every year.
This ancient church renowned all over the world as “Puthuppally Pally” or “Puthuppally Valiyapally” situated on the eastern bank of the rivulet Kodoorar and beside the Puthuppally-Changancherry road about a kilometer away from Puthuppally junction was rebuilt, expanded or renovated five times during the past four and half centuries of its existence. Thousands visit the church throughout the year and particularly during the feast of St.George, including the 10 days preceding and succeeding it.
This church is famous for its traditions. The “Puthuppaly Perunnal” , annual feast of the patron saint, St. George being celebrated every year, is attended by hundred thousands of devotees belonging to various religions. This is a fine example of communal and religious harmony among people of this area.
This Church is famous for the powerful intercession of the patron saint, St. George and many people is believed to have received favours from God Almighty due to his intercession. It is firmly believed that Sahada (saint) protects those who take refuge, from serpents, ailments, and all kinds of dangers and troubles.
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.