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George, Bishop of Lesvos

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April 7

Reading:

The righteous George struggled in behalf of the holy icons, and reposed in peace about the year 821.

Apolytikion in the Third Tone

As a garden planted by the Spirit, thou didst yield as fruit the soul's salvation, teaching men the ineffable mysteries of Him that fell as a grain of wheat in the earth and by His dying hath made all the world to live. Righteous Father George, entreat Christ our God in our behalf, that His great mercy may be granted unto us.

Kontakion in the Plagal of the Fourth Tone

As a true husbandman of grace and godly piety, who wast thyself the Holy Spirit's sacred husbandry, thou didst cultivate the plants of exalted wisdom; and in worshipping the icons of Christ and His Saints, thou didst pull up by the roots the tares of heresy. Hence we cry to thee: Rejoice, O God-bearing Father George.