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ትሑት የክርስቶስ አገልጋይ በባዶ እግር

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on November 2, 2014

ዝንጀሮ፣ ጦጣና ቀበሮ

ዝንጀሮ፣ ጦጣና ቀበሮ በአንድ አለቃ ቤት ይኖሩ ነበር፡፡ ሁልጊዜ አንድ ነገር እንዲያመጡ ሲላኩ ዝንጀሮውና ቀበሮው ከባዱን ሸክም ሲሸከሙ ጦጣው ግን ይህን አያደርግም ነበር፡፡

ከዕለታት አንድ ቀን ታዲያ ሶስቱም ለአለቃቸው አንድ ነገር ይዘው እንዲመጡ ሲላኩ እንደልማዳቸው ዝንጀሮውና ቀበሮው ከባድ ሸክም ሲሸከሙ ጦጣው ቀላል ሸክም ያዘ፡፡ ከጫካውም እንደደረሱ ዝንጀሮውና ቀበሮው ተንኮለኛውን ጦጣ እንዴት እንደሚገድሉት ተማከሩ፡፡ ወደ ቤትም በተመለሱ ጊዜ ቀበሮውና ዝንጀሮው ጦጣውን ወደኋላ በመተው ቀድመው ገብተው አለቃ አንበሣን እንዲህ አሉት “ጫማ ሳታደርግ ለምንድነው ሁልጊዜ በባዶ እግርህ የምትሄደው? በመንደሩ ያሉ ጫማዎች ሁሉ የሚሰሩት በጦጣው ስለሆነ ከሄደበት ሲመለስ ጠርተህ ጫማዎች እንዲሠራልህ ንገረው፡፡”

በዚህም መሠረት አለቃ አንበሣ ጦጣውን ጠርቶ “ጫማ አጥቼ እንዲህ ስሰቃይ እንዴት ዝም ትላለህ? በል አሁን ጫማ ሥፋልኝ::” አለው፡፡

ጦጣውም ጫማ መስፋት ስለማይችል በነገሩ ግራ ቢጋባም ይህንን መናገርና አለቃውን ማበሳጨት አልፈለገም፡፡

ከዚያም ጦጣው “ጫማ መስፋት እችላለሁ፡፡ ነገር ግን ጫማ የሚሰፋው ከዝንጀሮ ቆዳና ከቀበሮ አከርካሪ ነው፡፡” አለው፡፡

ስለዚህ ዝንጀሮና ቀበሮው ተገደሉ፡፡

ቆዳቸውም ከተገፈፈ በኋላ ለጦጣው ተሰጥቶት ውሃ ውስጥ ተነክሮ እንዲርስ ተደረገ፡፡ ጦጣውም ቆዳቸውን ወደ ጥልቁ ውሃ ከወረወረው በኋላ በውሃው ውስጥ የራሱን ምስል ስላየ ሶስት ቀን እዚያው ቆየ፡፡

ከዚያም አለቃው ጠርቶት “አሁን ቆዳዎቹ ስለለሰለሱ ጫማውን ለመስፋት ዝግጁ ናቸው፡፡” አለው፡፡

ጦጣውም ወደ ወንዙ ተመልሶ ሲሄድ የራሱን ምስል ውሃ ውስጥ እንደገና ሲያየው አንድ ሃሳብ መጣለት፡፡

ወደ አለቃው አንበሳም ሮጦ በመመለስ “ውሃው ውስጥ እንዳንተ ትልቅ አንበሣ አለ፤ ሊገድለኝም ይፈልጋል፡፡” አለው፡፡

አለቃው አንበሣም ቀበሮውን አስከትሎ ወደ ወንዙ ወረደ፡፡ ወንዙ አጠገብ እንደደረሱም ጦጣው ወደ ኋላ ቀረት ሲል አንበሣው የራሱን ምስል ውሃው ውስጥ ተመለከተ፡፡

አንበሣውም ሲያጓራ ምስሉም መልሶ አጓራበት፡፡ በዚህ ጊዜ አንበሣው ውሃው ውስጥ ያለውን አንበሣ ሊገጥም ዘሎ ገብቶ ሞተ፡፡

ቸሩ እግዚአብሔር ገርአንበሳ ወገናችንን ወደ እናት አገራችን በመጉረፍ ላይ ካሉት ፈረንጅ፣ አረብ እና ቱርክ ጦክላዎች ይጠብቅልን።

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St. George, The White Horse and The Dragon

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on April 30, 2013

Happy Qedus George’s Day!

23rd of Meyazia / ምያዝያ / May 1st is Saint George’s Day in Ethiopia

The rest of the world celebrates it on April the 23rd. St George (the one who slay the dragon, and is almost always pictured on his white horse) is the Patron Saint of Ethiopia.

St. George and The Dragon

The equestrian saint became known in Ethiopia in the fifteenth century when his story was translated into Ethiopic, and he eventually developed into the patron saint of the nation.

St. George was a popular figure throughout the Christian East. He is almost always shown riding a white horse spearing a dragon found beneath him. Sometimes a young woman is shown in a tree symbolizing the princess that he rescues. Unlike other cultures in the East, Ethiopians called her by a name—Brutawit, literally the girl from Beirut.

The Ethiopian story, or life, of St. George is found in the text, Acts, Miracles, and Praises which is thought to have been inspired by a Greek source known through Christian Arabic language versions. Greek influence is also suggested by scholars who point to the legend of Perseus, who slew Medusa in order to save Andromeda, King Cepheus’ daughter. That story might have Ethiopian connections. Another opinion suggests that the equestrian saints, of which St. George is one, were a Coptic (Egyptian) development. Such figures were common in Coptic art during the early Christian centuries and could have influenced Ethiopians. A 5th-century sculpted relief shows the Egyptian god Horus spearing an evil spirit shaped like a crocodile.

Another Serpent Story

St. George was not the only Ethiopian fighter of serpents. The beginning of the Queen of Sheba’s story tells how, in the early days, a snake-dragon named Wainaba /ዋይናባ ruled and devastated the land of Ethiopia. Angabo / አንጋቦ, from the land of the Sabeans [east of the Red Sea], crossed the sea and offered to rid the country of the serpent if the people would make him king. He did not fight or spear the serpent, however, but tricked it into eating a poisoned goat. Angabo was made king. Makeda was his daughter and ruled after he died.

Although no direct connection can be drawn based on what we know, it is interesting to note that early religious cults in Ethiopia featured some snake-like deities or spirits.

Even a Google Doodle marked a week ago Saint George’s Day with an image of Ethiopia’s Patron Saint slaying a dragon.

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A poll published last week by the IPPR, a Left-leaning think tank, suggests that seven out of 10 people living in England want Saint George’s Day to be a public holiday. Well, on Ethiopia’s Saint George’s Day they surely have a public holiday, as it falls on the same day as Labor Day.

The fame of St. Georgeincreased throughout Europe in 1265 by publication of the Legenda Aurea (The Golden Legend) by James of Voragine, a collection of stories which included that of George and the Dragon. Actual origin of the legend of George and the Dragon is unknown. It may have been begun by the Crusaders when they returned home but was not recorded until the sixth century. St. George was a prominent figure in the secular miracle plays performed in the springs of medieval times. Some hold the story to be a christianized version of the Greek legend of Perseus said to have rescued a princess near the Lydda where St. George’s tomb is located.

Boy scouting has its origin in England in 1907 -08. General Robert Baden-Powell was one of few heroes to survive Britain’s Boer War. He wrote the book ‘Aids to Scouting’ and was startled to discover many boys used the book as an aid to outdoor activities. He sought to convert his concepts of army scouting for men to ‘peace concepts’ for boys.

In his ‘Scouting for Boys, Baden-Powell referred to the Knights of the Round Table in the Arthurian Legend and to St. George who was the Knights’ patron saint. He wrote, “He is also the Patron Saint of Scouts everywhere. Therefore all Scouts should know his story. St. George was typical of what a Scout should be. When he was faced by a difficulty or danger, however great it appeared, even in the shape of a dragon – he did not avoid it or fear it but went at it with all the power he could … That is exactly the way a Scout should face a difficulty or danger no matter how great or how terrifying it may appear. He should go at it boldly and confidently, using every power that he can to try and overcome it and the probability is that he will succeed.” From Baden-Powell, Scouting for Boys (1908)

Baden-Powell also had a favorite rhyme about the Patron Saint:

My warmest good wishes I am sending to you
And hoping that the winter is through
You will start out afresh to follow the lead
Of our Patron Saint George and his spirited steed;
Not only to tackle what ever my befall,
But also successfully to win through it all
And then may you have an enjoyable spell
Of hiking, and jolly good camping as well
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Saint George is a Patron of:

  • against herpes

  • against leprosy

  • against plague

  • against skin diseases

  • against skin rashes

  • against syphilis

  • patron saint of Amersfoort, Netherlands

  • patron saint of Appignano del Tronto, Italy

  • patron saint of Aragon, Spain st-george-ethiopia_

  • patron saint of agricultural workers

  • patron saint of archers

  • patron saint of Arcole, Italy

  • patron saint of Beirut, Lebanon

  • patron saint of Boy Scouts

  • patron saint of butchers

  • patron saint of Canada

  • patron saint of Cappadocia

  • patron saint of Carpeneto, Italy

  • patron saint of Catalonia

  • patron saint of cavalry

  • patron saint of Cerreto Grue, Alessandria, Italy

  • patron saint of chivalry

  • patron saint of Constantinople

  • patron saint of Crusaders

  • patron saint of England (by Pope Benedict XIV)

  • patron saint of equestrians

  • patron saint of Ethiopia

  • patron saint of farmers

  • patron saint of Ferrara, Italystgeorge

  • patron saint of field hands

  • patron saint of field workers

  • patron saint of Freiburg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany

  • patron saint of Genoa, Italy

  • patron saint of Georgia

  • patron saint of Germany

  • patron saint of Gozo, Malta

  • patron saint of Greece

  • patron saint of Haldern, Germany

  • patron saint of Heide, Germany

  • patron saint of Hone, Italy

  • patron saint of horsemen

  • patron saint of horses 

  • patron saint of husbandmen

  • patron saint of Istanbul, Turkey

  • patron saint of knights

  • patron saint of lepers

  • patron saint of Limburg, Germany, diocese of

  • patron saint of Lithuania

  • patron saint of Malta

  • patron saint of Modica, Sicily, ItalyQedusGiyorgis23

  • patron saint of Moscow, Russia

  • patron saint of Nerola, Italy

  • patron saint of Order of the Garter

  • patron saint of Palestine

  • patron saint of Palestinian Christians

  • patron saint of Portugal

  • patron saint of Ptuj, Slovenia

  • patron saint of Qormi, Malta

  • patron saint of Riano, Italy

  • patron saint of riders

  • patron saint of saddle makers

  • patron saint of saddlers

  • patron saint of Senj, Croatia

  • patron saint of sheep

  • patron saint of shepherds

  • patron saint of soldiers

  • patron saint of Teutonic Knights

  • patron saint of Venice, Italy

  • patron saint of Victoria, Gozo, Malta

 

What was Billy Ocean’s most adventurous travel experience?

He says:

Going to Ethiopia. I’ve been twice – the first time was nearly 30 years ago – and I’m due for another visit. I like the calmness of the place and the people. I remember vast plains with just trees and animals. I’d be walking in the street and someone might say, “There’s a hyena round the corner.” We also ate with our hands out of a communal bowl, which is totally different, but I love joining in people’s culture. One thing I noticed about Addis Ababa, though, is the cold. It was absolutely freezing, but a different sort of cold to here. If you could wish yourself into something, I would live in Ethiopia.

Continue reading…

P.S: Billy Ocean will be at Saint George’s Concert hall in Bradford, England, next week, Wed 8th of Mai

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ቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ – ተአምራታዊ ኃይላቸውን የገለጹ ጽላቶች

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 1, 2012

 

በደቡብ ጎንደር ሃ/ስብከት በፋርጣ ወረዳ በጋሣይና በክምር ድንጋይ መካከል የሚገኘው ጥንታዊው የድድም ደብረ ጽጌ ቅ/ጊዮርጊስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የካቲት 19 ቀን 1982 .. ከቀኑ 3 ሰዓት በሰው ሠራሽ መሣሪያ ከተቃጠለ በኋላ የአጥቢያው ካህናትና ምእመናን አዲስ ለሚሠራው ቤተ ክርስቲያን ቦታ በመቆፈር ሲያደላድሉ የቅ/ጊዮርጊስ፥ የኪዳነ ምሕረት፥ የቅ/ሚካኤል፥ የታቦተ ጽዮን የታቦተ ሩፋኤል ጽላቶች ጥላሸት ሳያርፍባቸው በተአምር መገኘታቸውን ከሰበካ ጽ/ቤት ለመረዳት ተችሏል።

ይህ ቤተ ክርስቲያን የተተከለው በ13ኛው ክፍለ ዘመን ሲሆን ለአራት ጊዜ ተሠርቶ አምስተኛው የተቃጠለው ቤተ ክርስቲያን እንደ ነበር በዕድሜ የገፉ የታሪክ ባለቤት የሆኑ አባቶች ይናገራሉ፤ ቤተ ክርስቲያኑ እንደተቃጠለ ቢቀር የሰበካ ክርስቲያኖችን ብቻ ሳይሆን መላ ምእመናንን የሚያሳዝን እንደሆነ በመገመት አዲስ ቤተክርስቲያን በአራት ዓመታት ሥራው ተጠናቆ ሚያዝያ 23 ቀን 1988 .. ብፁዕ አቡነ ኤልሳዕ የሀገረ ስብከቱ ሊቀ ጳጳስ በተገኙበት ቅዳሴ ቤቱ ተከብሯል። ለዚህም ቤተ ክርስቲያን አቶ ዓለማየሁ የአምር ከሃያ ሺህ ብር በላይ የሚገመት አንድ የብረት መንበር ሰጥተዋል።

በዚህ ቤተክርስቲያን ቀደም ያሉ አባቶች እንደሚናገሩት የተለያዩ ተአምራት ይነገሩበታል፡ በቦታውም የሚገኙ ሕሙማን ይድኑበታል፣ ሥዕለት ሰሚ በመሆኑም ክርስቲያኖች የለምኑትን ያገኙበታል አንዳንዶችን ለመጠቆም ያህል ከአንድ ድንጋይ ላይ ጐማዳ መስቀልና ትልቅ ጭራ እንደተገኘ በየጊዜው ይተረካል። ከዬት አቅጣጫ እንደመጣ የማይታወቅ ጠበል ከጭንጫ ላይ ይወርዳል፡ ሕመምተኞች በዚህ ጠበል ተጠምቀው አፍጡነረድኤት ተደግሞላቸው በጐማዳው መስቀል ሲታሹ ከልዩ ልዩ በሽታ የሚድኑ ሕመምተኞች ሥፍር ቁጥር የላቸውም።

በተለይ በየዓመቱ በዚህ በዛሬው እለት፤ በሚያዝያ 23 ቀን የቅ/ጊዮርጊስ ጽላት በክብር ታጅቦ በመውጣት ጠበሉ ስለሚባረክ በበዓሉ የሚገኙት ሁሉ ሰለሚጠመቁ የተለየ ሀብተ በረከትና ፈውስ ይታያል፡ የሚገኙትም ምእመናን ከክብረ በዓሉ ሲመለሱ በየደረሱበት ቦታ መንፈሳዊ ዜናውንና ተአምራታዊ ታሪኩን ይመሰክራሉ።

የአረጋዊው መነኩሴ እንባዎች

በስድሳዎቹ ዓመታት ውስጥ አንድ አረጋዊ መነኩሴ እስክንድርያ ስፓርቲንግ ውስጥ ወደሚገኘው የቅዱስ ጊዮርጊስ ቤተ ክርስቲያን አዘውትረው ይመጡ ነበር። እኚህ አረጋዊ መነኩሴ ቅዳሴው ተጀምሮ እስከሚጠናቀቅ ድረስ ፊታቸውን በሁለት እጃቸው በመሸፈን ምርር ብለው ያለቅሱ ነበር። ከዕለታት አንድ ቀን ይህ ሁኔታውን የተመለከተ አንድ ወጣት ከቅዳሴ በኋላ በመኪናው ወደ ዘመዶቹ ይዟቸው ይሄድና ከእነዚህ እንባዎች በስተጀርባ ያለውን ምክንያት አጥብቆ ይጠይቃቸዋል።

አረጋዊው መነኩሴም ለወጣቱ እንዲህ አሉት፦ በወጣትነት ዘመኔ ከሴት ጋር ምንም ዓይነት ግንኙነት አልነበረኝም፤ የተሳሳተ ስሜትም አላውቅም ነበር። በቅድስናና በንጽሕና መኖር ያስደስተኝ ነበር። ወደ አንድ ገዳም ገብቼም በእውነተኛ ደስታ ውስጥ እኖር ነበር። ከዕለታት አንድ ቀን ስለ ታመምሁ በገዳሙ ውስጥ ያሉት ሰዎች ወደ ሆስፒታል መሄድ እንዳለብኝ አጥብቀው ጠየቁኝ። በሆስፒታሉ ውስጥ ሳለሁም አንዲት ነርስ እንደ አባቷ አድርጋ ትንከባከበኝ ነበር እንክብካቤዋ እየጨመረ ሲመጣም የረከሱ አሳቦች በሕሊናዬ ይመላለሱ ጀመር። በዚህ ጊዜ ከሆስፒታሉ እንዲያስወጡኝ ግድ አልኋቸው። ከዚህ ጊዜ አንሥቶ እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ ዘወትር ስለ ድካሜ እያለቀስሁ ነው። ከእንግዲህ በኋላ ድጋሚ እንዳልወድቅም ኃጢአቱን ከፊቴ አስቀምጬዋለሁ።

ወጣቱም ለአረጋዊወ መነኩሴ እንዲህ በማለት ይጠይቃቸዋል፦ እነዚህ አሳቦች የተከሰቱት ከብዙ ዓመታት በፊት ነው። ታዲያ አሁን ይህን ሁሉ እንባ ማፍሰስ ለምን አስፈለገ?”

የእኔ የረከሱ አሳቦች የወደደኝንና እስከ አሁን ድረስ የሚወደኝን ጌታዬን አሳዝነውታልና ለምን አላለቀሰም? ዘላለማዊነቱ እጅግ ውድ ስለሆነች በእግዚአብሔር ዘንድ ያለኝን ክብር እንዳላጣ እሰጋለሁ።

እንባዎችዎ ሰላምዎትን አያስጡብዎትም?”

እንባዎቹ በደስታና በሰላም ይሞሉኛል፤ ሰላምንም በአባቱ እቅፍ ውስጥ ስፍራ ባዘጋጀልኝ በኢየሱስ ክርስቶስ አማካይነት ያድሉኛል።

አቤቱ ጌታ ሆይ፦ ንጹሕ እንባዎችን አድለኝ።

የንስሓ እንባዎቼን ከደስታ ዕንባዎቼ ጋር ቀላቅላቸው።

ኃጢአቶቼንና ድካሞቼን ሁልጊዜ አስባቸዋለሁ።

የአንተንም ታላቅ ፍቅር ዘወትር አስታውሳለሁ።

የአንተ መንፈስ ደስታና ሰላምን ያጎናጽፈኛል።

በእውነተኛ የንስሓ እንባዎች ልቤን ደስ አሰኛት።

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The Miracles of St. George

Posted by addisethiopia / አዲስ ኢትዮጵያ on May 2, 2010

The Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church venerates on this Twenty-third day of the month of Miyazia (Ethiopian calendar) the First day of May (Western calendar) the great among the Martyrs for Christ, Saint George.

Saint George was born to a Christian noble family in Lydia, Palestine during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 A.D. His father, Gerontius, (or Anastasius) was a Roman Army Official from Cappadocia and his mother Theobaste was from Palestine. They were both Christians and from noble families of Anici; they raised their son with Christian beliefs. They decided to call him Georgius (Latin) or Geōrgios (Greek), meaning “worker of the land”. At the age of Fourteen St. George father died; a few years later, George’s mother also died.

After the death of both his parents St. George decided to go to Nicomedia, the Roman Imperial City of that time, and present himself to the Emperor Diocletian, to apply for a career as a soldier. The Emperor welcomed him with open arms, as he had known his father, Gerontius or Anastasius who was one of his finest soldiers. By his late 20s, the Saint was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an Imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.

In the year AD 302 A.D. the Emperor Diocletian (influenced by Galerius) issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Pagan gods. But St. George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor. Diocletian was upset, not wanting to lose his best Tribune and the son of his best official. St. George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict, and in front of his fellow soldiers and Tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert the Saint, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Pagan gods. The Emperor made many offers, but St. George never accepted.

Recognizing the futility of his efforts, the Emperor Diocletian was left with no choice but to have him executed for his refusal. Before the execution St. George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords in which he was resuscitated three times, St. George was executed by decapitation before Nicomedia’s city wall, on this date in the year 303 A.D. A witness of his suffering convinced the Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to become Christians as well, and so they joined George in Martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydia for burial, where Christians soon came to venerate his relics and ask for his prayers.

Source: Ninesaintsethiopianorthodoxmonastery

The Miracles of St. George—to Muslims!

St. George Greek Orthodox Church of Prescott, AZ

The saints love everyone, and help all. Even among Muslims, who don’t even have saints, the knowledge that the Christian saint, the Greatmartyr George of Lydda, helps those who ask him, brings thousands to ask his aid and intercession. And he responds swiftly to help them. How much more will he aid and protect those fellow disciples of Jesus Christ who call upon him in faith, asking for his powerful intercession before God, and granting the gifts of healing and more through his prayers!

The Monastery of St. George Koudounas

This historic Monastery of Saint George Koudounas, on Prince’s Island outside of Constantinople, was according to tradition built by the Byzantine Emperor Nikephoros Phokas in 963 AD. A miraculous icon of St. George was brought here from the Monastery of Peace, which was founded by Emperor Justin II, in Athens at that time.

The Monastery was later sacked in the Fourth Crusade. Then in 1302 the pirate Giustiniani plundered all the buildings and monasteries of the island. Not wanting their holy icon stolen by the Franks, the monks hid the icon under the earth and place the holy altar above it. The miraculous icon however was lost for many years.

Later, St. George appeared to a shepherd in a dream and told him where to find his icon. When he approached the area, he heard the ringing of bells, and having unearthed the icon, found it decorated with bells. This is the source behind the epithet “Koudouna” which means “bells”.

The Monastery was later attached to Hagia Lavra in Kalavryta, and eventually to the Patriarch of Constantinople.

The current church was built in 1905.

The miracles of the Saint are many, not only towards Christians [Romans], who approached always with great reverence (in olden times there wasn’t a Christian family which had not visited Koudouna at least once a year), but towards everyone without exception, who approach his grace with faith. Thus there is a great mass of people who come from other faiths from throughout Turkey. The pilgrims number about 250,000 a year, the majority being muslim Turks.

The great iron gate of the Monastery, as we learn from its engraving in Greek and Turkish, was offered from the Muslim Rasoul Efenti, as a gift of gratitude towards the Saint for the healing of his wife.

On April 23rd, in other words the day when the Saint is honored and the Monastery celebrates, tens of thousands of pilgrims arrive, not only from Constantinople but from other cities, to venerate the Great Martyr and to seek help in their problems.

Roughly all of these pilgrims are from other faiths.

Many will return later to thank St. George, who heard their prayer and granted their desire, bringing the indispensable oil for his vigil lamp. You hear with passion how he healed this person’s son, how another became a mother after being barren for many years, how a third acquired a house, etc.

The Monastery also celebrates on the feast of Saint Thekla, and on this feast about 10,000 Muslims visit the Monastery seeking the prayer of Saint George.

Some come barefoot up the hill which takes about 30 minutes to climb to the Monastery, others come with offerings of oil, candles, and sugar so that their lives may be sweet. Some do not speak as they climb up to the Monastery until they kiss the icon of St. George. They follow the services with hands lifted in the air holding lit candles. They ask priests for antidron to bring home with them for a blessing. They have great faith and respect for Orthodoxy.

On September 24 I witnessed at 6:00 AM four modern looking Turkish girls approaching the Monastery. I asked them for what purpose they came. They responded: “Faith in the Saint brought us here. It doesn’t matter that we are Muslims. We prayed that he would help us. We have heard so much about the Monastery.”

Oral came from Smyrna in order to venerate the Saint with her vow. She brought three bottles of oil. When I asked why she, as a Muslim woman among the thousands, visit the Orthodox Monastery, she responded: “It is not forbidden by anyone for us to believe in Saint George. Religions have one common agreement, the one and only God. We could be hiding within us a christian.”

Of the many interviews I conducted that day with Muslims, the responses were basically the same.

A different answer was given by Antil however. He said: “Life in Turkey is difficult. The people need something to give them strength. They have turned to religion. They have been bored by everything so they seek help elsewhere. Why not Saint George?”

And one Turkish newspaper reported: “Saint George has distributed hope to the suffering.”

Testimonies of Monks From the Monastery

Hieromonk Ephraim of Xenophontos, who has lived for three years at “Koudouna”, is astonished with the faith of the thousands of Muslims who visit the monastery. “These people live with their heart”, he affirms, “Because faith is the sight and the strength of the heart, for this reason they can and they do experience our Saints.”

Monk Kallinikos of Xenophontos, who serves as a priest, relates: “We are astonished with that which occurs here. Many times we see people who find the Lord with the faith of the Roman centurion.” To our question if the Saint responds to the supplications of the thousands of pilgrims, he replied: “During my three years here, we ourselves are witnesses of miracles, such as the healing of paralytics, mutes, and the giving birth to children.”

Thus, St. George has become a place of worship for thousands of atheists, Christians, Jews, and especially Muslims, who with every means come to the island and bring their tamata (vows), and place them before the Saint, as they place their hopes in him. And the Saint shows that he does not judge and ‘imparts healing’ to every faithful person.”

Miracles

The Sick Turkish Woman

A Turkish woman from Levkochori had a serious health problem. She had heard a lot about St. George and wanted to come [venerate], but they did not let her come into the church because she was Turkish. But this didn’t deter her from remaining outside the church the whole night. In the morning they gave her holy oil from the vigil lamp of the Saint and she became well. After this, her husband gave many gifts to the church.

St. George Saves a Young Muslim Girl

A Muslim woman with her mother were taking a taxi for a long trip. The Muslims, as is well known, respect St. George very much.

On the road the taxi driver abandoned the proper course and began to show a threatening attitude towards the girl—the women apparently were praying—and at some point the taxi driver stopped the car and attempted to rape the girl. Immediately a police officer on horseback appeared, who ordered the taxi driver in a very powerful manner to the nearest police station. He went full of fear with the policeman, and the policeman on horseback went with him to the station, and issued a complaint for attempted rape. He signed the police book and left. When the taxi driver later came out of the interrogation, they looked in the book and said to him:

There is no hope for you to escape! Do you know who brought you here?” Saint George! (Source.)

Note: These and similar miracles and sentiments do not at all vindicate the false religion of Islam, nor the terrible actions of some Turks against Christians, but the faith and love of some simple Muslims towards Christ and His Saints. Similarly, Christ found in the Roman Centurion greater faith than any in Israel (Matthew 8:10). And often, this presence of the Holy Spirit out of love not only acts to heal the bodies of non-Orthodox, but more crucially the souls, as many later embrace the light and are baptized Orthodox. May Christ grant us all repentance, that we all may be saved, and come to the knowledge of the Truth. St. George the Trophy-bearer, intercede for us all and help us! Amen.

More can be read here about Muslims at Koudouna.

Why Do Muslims Venerate Saint George?

According to Archimandrite Damianos, overseer of the Holy Sepulchre, there are three reasons:

  • His green garments, which for Muslims represents “life” and for which reason they call him “the Green One,”
  • Because many Muslims hear about and experience his miracles,
  • Because as a Trophy-bearer with a cape and sword he inspires a certain amount of fear and respect.

It is because of the great respect for St. George that none of the Orthodox churches dedicated to him in Turkey have been demolished, as well as churches dedicated to the Theotokos who also is greatly respected by Muslims.

(For the full history of this Monastery with many pictures, visit this site.)

Ed’s note:

Well, no wonder why one of the richest men on planet Earth, a Saudi Arabian /Ethiopian business magnate, Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al Amoudi, is seriously involved in the Ethiopian sports club of St. George, for which he is currently building a soccer stadium in Addis Abeba.

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