The Feast of St. George - 2003
by Fr. Rodney Torbic
Today the Holy Orthodox Church throughout the world celebrates the Feast of the Great Marytr George.
Here in Greene County, Pennsylvania, on the border of Fayette County and not far from West Virginia, we gather in the Divine Liturgy to praise and worship God and pray to St. George.
We partake of the Holy Body and Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. We listen to the words of the Holy Gospel. We hear the words of the Holy Epistle.
The hymns of the Divine Liturgy lift our hearts and mind to the the Lord God. The prayers of the Divine Liturgy cause us to search our hearts and mind and think about the glory of God.
At this time the Holy Orthodox Church is celebrating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. We think about the empty tomb. We think about the joy of the disciples and the women who saw the Risen Lord. We think about all the believers from the time of the Resurrection to the present who have found joy in the Lord.
We are appreciative of the hope that rests in the Risen Christ. We are appreciative of the Resurrection of Christ for the salvation it brings to believers.
We are grateful for the love of Christ. We are grateful for the joy we find in Christ. We are grateful for the constant presence of Christ.
We know that parishes are founded in Christ. We know that parishes exist to promote the Gospel of Christ, to provide believers with the Holy Sacraments, to experience Christ.
We know that God is at work in the parish churches throughout the world. We know that believers owe a great debt to the martyrs such as St.George who gave their lives in witness to the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know that the Lord Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb.13:8.) We know that the Resurrection of Christ is the source of hope for those who have fallen asleep in the Lord and for believers everywhere. (I Cor.15:20)
The joy of the Resurrection radiates today. The joy of the feastal celebration of the Great Martyr George radiates today.
This is the time to know the joy of the Lord. This is the time to sense the joy of the Lord. This is the time to consider the joy of the Lord.
The world is different. Christ is Risen. The world is forever changed. Christ is Risen.
The Great Martyr George witnessed to the living Christ. The Great Martyr George stood against the forces of evil. The Great Martyr George is a continued intercessor before the Lord.
Through the prayers of the Great Martyr George, may we be constant and fervent in faith, seeking to be united at all times with the Resurrected Christ.