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The feast of MOR GEEVARGHESE SAHDO

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    Mor Gewargis Sahdo (St. George the Martyr) is indeed a universal Saint whose feast is observed in the East and the West. Very little is known of his life and
    Message 1 of 34 , Apr 19 6:05 AM
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      Mor Gewargis Sahdo (St. George the Martyr) is indeed a universal Saint whose
      feast is observed in the East and the West. Very little is known of his life
      and martyrdom. His historical existence, though sometimes disputed, is now
      generally accepted by scholarship.

      He came from a Cappadocian family and served in the army of the King of the
      Persians, Dadianus. He was persecuted by the King for confessing faith in
      Christ and refusing to worship idols. He was subject to horrendous tortures
      and attained martyrdom. Before his death, Mor Gewargis is believed to have
      effected many miracles and converted Alexandria, the wife of Dadianus (who
      was also put to death). Centuries of embellishments to the narrative of his
      life and martyrdom have made the task of recovering the historical St.George
      rather arduous. The earliest reference to him belongs to the fourth century
      and by the sixth century there was an important pilgrimage shrine dedicated
      to the saint at Lydda (in Palestine). A very large number of Syriac Orthodox
      Churches in the Middle East, Malankara, and all over the world are dedicated
      to the memory of this saint.

      The Acts of St. George (i.e., the story of his life) was first written in
      Greek in the early fifth century. This early text exists today only in
      fragments. The text was translated into Syriac in the middle of the fifth
      century, only a few decades after the original Greek was composed. The
      oldest Syriac manuscript of the Acts, preserved at the British Library, was
      written around 600 A.D. This makes the Syriac version the earliest complete
      witness to the text.

      Most people associate St. George with the dragon. The dragon, however, does
      not appear in early versions of the Acts, including the Syriac mentioned
      above. Originally, the word 'dragon' was just
      an epithet used of King Dadianus who is mentioned in the text. Thus, the
      Syriac version calls the king the "asp-serpent Dadianus." The text developed
      in later centuries (a usual phenomenon in hagiographic texts) and the dragon
      appeared in texts belonging to the twelfth century and later. In the old
      Syriac icon shown in the SOR web site, St. George is slaying a large snake,
      rather than a huge dragon that we are accustomed to.

      Link: - http://sor.cua.edu/Personage/Qadishe/MGewargis.html .

      The feast of St.George is celebrated in the Syrian Orthodox churches on 23rd
      April and in the Syrian Orthodox Church in East (present iraq) it is on
      24th. But in the Syrian Churches of Malankara, the celebrations are mostly
      in the month of May.

      The most famous of the St.George's churches in Kerala are the Churches at
      Edappally and Edathua (both Roman Catholic), Karingachira Church, Puthupally
      Church etc. Here is enclosed the links to some of the famous St.George
      Syrian Orthodox churches in Malankara.

      1. Karingachira Church :-
      http://sor.cua.edu/ChMon/Cochin/KaringachiraSGeorge.html (est. 722 AD)

      2. Kallumkathra Church:-
      http://syriacchristianity.com/kallumkathra/kallumkatra.htm

      3. Arakunnam Church:- http://www.arakunnamstgeorgechurch.org/

      4. Perumpally Church:-
      http://sor.cua.edu/ChMon/Simhasana/PerumpillySGeorge.html

      5. Nedumbasserry Church:-
      http://sor.cua.edu/ChMon/Ankamaly/NedumbasserySGeorge.html

      6. Cheppaud Church :- http://www.stgeorgecheppaud.org/

      7. Malecuriz Dayro:-
      http://sor.cua.edu/ChMon/Simhasana/MalekurishuSGeorge.html
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      Sirazi Scholarship, Fellowship and Grant Fund Sirazi Foundation is a charitable and not-for-profit organization that sponsors and funds Sirazi Scholarships,
      Message 34 of 34 , Apr 20 5:48 AM
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