George, this truly great and glorious Martyr of Christ, was born of a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. Being a military tribune, or chiliarch (that is, a commander of a thousand troops), he was illustrious in battle and highly honoured for his courage. When he learned that the Emperor Diocletian was preparing a persecution of the Christians, Saint George presented himself publicly before the Emperor and denounced him. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put to unheard-of tortures, which he endured with great bravery, overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Queen Alexandra, wife of Diocletian, and was finally beheaded in 296 in Nicomedia.
His sacred remains were taken by his servant from Nicomedia to Palestine, to a town called Lydda, the homeland of his mother, and then were finally transferred to the church which was raised up in his name. (The translation of the Saint's holy relics to the church in Lydda is commemorated on November 3; Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21.)
If April 23 falls on or before Great and Holy Pascha, the Feast of St. George is translated to Bright Monday.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.
Kontakion in the Fourth Tone
Cultivated by God, you became manifest as an honorable tiller gathering for yourself the sheaves of virtue. For you sowed with tears but reaped with gladness; in the contest you competed with your blood and came away with Christ. By your intercessions, O Holy One, all are granted forgiveness of sins.
Saints Gerontius and Polychronia, Parents of Saint George
Greek Epithets of Saint George the Great Martyr
A Vision of Saint George the Great Martyr In Glory
6th-11th Century References to Saint George
Saint George, Protector of Zographou and Xenophontos Monasteries
3 Miracles of Saint George
The Cell of Saint George "The Revealed One"
Saint George Appears to Saint Arsenios of Paros
The Prison and Chains of St. George in Cairo
Report On the Church of St. George In Cairo
The Translation of the Relics of St. George to Lydda
Report On St. George Church In Lydda
A Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint George in Israel
What a Muslim Saw that a Faithful Christian Did Not
Miracles of St. George to Muslims at Koudouna
Loutro Traianoupolis: Where Christians and Muslims Venerate Saint George
Saint George: A Saint for the Desperate
The Wood Carved Statue of St. George in Kastoria
The Chapel of St. George on Lykavittos Hill in Athens
A Miracle of Saint George in 1940
A Miracle of Saint George the Trophy-bearer
Chapel of St. George at Mystras
The Milking of the Sheep in Honor of St. George in Crete
Traditional Greek Songs to Saint George
In Georgia, Everyday Is A Feast of Saint George
Saint George the Trophy-Bearer in Cyprus
An Icon of St. George is Gushing Myrrh in Cyprus
Saint Phanourios the Great Martyr and Newly-Revealed of Rhodes
The Tradition of Phanouropita (Phanourios Cake)