St George’s Greek Orthodox Church

Our Patron Saint: St. George the Great Martyr

Our patron saint, St. George, is commemorated on April 23rd or Monday of Bright Week (Easter Monday) when it falls during Lent.

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 they 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 3rd, Saint Alexandra the Queen, on April 21st.)

Our Parish Priest

Father Andreas

Father Andreas was born in 1990 to Roman Catholic parents of mixed heritage.  His father was of Irish-Acadian descent and his mother of Franco-Greek descent, with his maternal grandfather being of Greek extraction, migrating from Marseilles, France, which to this day boasts a large Greek diaspora.

As a child, he attended the public school system in his home town of Moncton, New Brunswick. Being extremely interested in theology from a young age, he would eventually discover Orthodoxy during his extensive reading of the church fathers and scripture.

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