April 15, 2018
The Third Sunday of Easter
The Holy and Great Martyr St. George
Christ is Risen! He is Truly Risen! We continue to glory in Our Lord’s Holy Resurrection as we stand in the shadow of the Easter candle. The Holy and Glorious season of Easter will reach its culmination and wondrous conclusion on the Solemnity of Pentecost – May 20th. And Easter is made more joyous as we celebrate the liturgical commemorations of the saints. Next week we will keep on April 23rd, the Feast of St. George, on April 25th the Feast of St. Mark, and on April 26th the Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. For our meditation of today I would like to turn our attention to St. George.
St. George is one of the most important saints in the life of the Church. He is the patron of England, of Russia, of Greece, and of Turkey. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. He is the patron of the Spanish province of Aragon and to this day it is the custom for children to make First Holy Communion on his Feastday in that province. The Cross of St. George is a red cross on a white field and it is the flag of England. We see it in the Union Jack. There are more Churches named for St. George than for any other saint. He is the patron of the Order of the Garter and of the Constantinian Order of St. George. He is the patron of all soldiers, and all scouts. George was a soldier of the Imperial Roman Army and was martyred at the beginning of the fourth century. This was the period right before the conversion of the Emperor Constantine and, ironically, was the time of fiercest persecution of the Church.
George is always pictured riding a white horse and slaying a dragon while a maiden is in the corner whom he rescues. Actually, this is a symbolic depiction of our great martyr. Through his martyrdom he slays the dragon who is, of course, satan, the ancient enemy of our race. The Empress Theodosia was so impressed with George’s courage that she herself sought baptism. She is the maiden in the picture.
You fought the good fight with faith,
O Martyr of Christ, George.
You exposed the perversion of the persecutors
And offered an acceptable sacrifice to God.
Therefore you also received a crown of victory
And through your prayers O Holy One,
Obtained the forgiveness of sins for all.
-from the Byzantine Liturgy
Golf and Tennis Outing and Awards Dinner: Monday, May 7th our annual Golf and Tennis Outing and Awards Dinner will be held at the Nassau Club. I am particularly grateful to the Knights of Columbus who first proposed such an endeavor for our parish and to the Committee which has worked so diligently and selflessly to bring this wonderful event to fruition. Our Committee members are Don Cavanaugh (chair), Anne Maione, James and Jill Galante, Tom Principe, Chris Hein, and Paula Maturo. This dedicated group of parishioners has been working and planning for this day for well over a year.
On behalf of the whole parish may I extend sincere best wishes and congratulations to our honorees this year. The Monsignor Mario C. Costa Award will be given to John and Joanne Schmitt who have been so dedicated in their service to our parish for so many decades. Their example of Catholic family life and devotion has been an inspiration. The Sister Regina Kraft Award will be given to Brother Joseph Bellizzi, the principal of Chaminade High School and our own director of religious education. (DRE). This award is given particularly to those whose dedication to our parish has been expressed in serving the youth of the parish. Brother Joe has done this in a heroic way.