Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
On May 6. 2016, Orthodox, Catholic, and Melkite faithful gathered in Taybeh, the only Christian town left in Israel or Palestine, to celebrate the feast of St. George, a very popular saint in that region.
According to Maria Khoury, in an article posted in The Arab Daily News:
“… our small town, with less than 2,000 people and three magnificent churches named after the Great Martyr George expresses in itself our love for this illustrious brave Church hero.”
If you do not know the story of St. George, he was an exemplary Roman soldier. In icons he is often depicted on a white horse spearing a dragon, instead of images of his martyrdom, even though he suffered a gruesome torture including flesh ripped by nails, buried in a pit of lime, and hot nails on his feet until he was eventually beheaded.
Maria mentions that “The courage of St. George to stand up against the Emperor actually reminds me of the very few but brave Israeli soldiers who love their country but refuse to serve in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Actually, every Christian now in the Middle East has to have this brave stance for Christ as did St. George around the year 296 when he was beheaded because he announced his genuine faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and God.”
St. George was born Lod, near today’s Tel Aviv airport, and his mother was from Palestine. Many villagers regard St George as their patron due to his courage and that he was a “hometown hero”.
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