Sunday Reading

Second Sunday after the Holy Cross


Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan. Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.

Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”

“What did Moses command you?” he replied.

They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”

“It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied. “But at the beginning of creation God made them male and female. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.”

When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this. He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her. And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.”

Mark 10:1-12

Saints George the Warrior, Adauctus and Romanus the Melodist (Sept 22)


St. George, a world-renowned martyr for Christ, was a Capadocian nobleman born to pious parents. He was an excellent soldier and a military tribune.

During the ruthless persecutions of Christians by emperor Diocletian, despising the threats of death, St. George courageously confessed his faith before the emperor. He was then subjected to numerous tortures, which he endured. Moreover, strange signs accompanied his martyrdom which inspired great fear among the heathens who then admitted that the God of Christians was great.

Impressed by the signs, the empress Alexandra found faith in Christ. She, too, was sentenced to death together with the saint. The praying empress died peacefully before reaching the place for execution, while St. George was beheaded by the soldiers

According to tradition, St. George fought and killed a dragon to save a girl that was presented to the dragon for food. This legend symbolizes his brave fight and victory against Satan. Parallel to this, emperor Diocletian, whom St. George defeated by his invincible faith, was also called the dragon of abyss.

The well-known icon depicting St. George on a horse piercing the dragon with his spear is a symbol of Christianity’s fight against and victory over evil, not only through martyrdom, but also by virtues and holiness.

St. George is one of the highly venerated saints recognized by the Armenian Church.

There are many churches named after St. George in Armenia proper and in Armenian communities in the Diaspora.

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