Thursday, April 23, 2009
Rather than offer sacrifice to the pagan gods as demanded by the Emperor Diocletian, St. George (275/285 - 303/4) claimed his allegiance to and worship of Jesus Christ and was martyred by beheading on this day in 303 or 304. Witness of his suffering and death led to the conversion of Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, both of whom were also martyred.
"Thou hast protected me, O God, from the assembly of the malignant, alleluia:
from the multitude of the workers of iniquity, alleluia, alleluia." (Introit, Psalm 64)