George of Ioannina
Saint George of Ioannina
Saint George of Ioannina became a martyr in 1838 and he is remembered and honored on the 17 January. George was born in 1808 in Tsourhli Grevenon. At a young age he become an orphan and was forced to work as a stable hand, a servant of the Turks. In 1838, while previously he had been islamized, he was charged with returning to Christianity. He was jailed and because he courageously professed his belief in Christ he was hanged on the 17th January 1838 in Ioannina. From the moment he was tortured the people honored him as a Saint and they asked for a formal nomination from the Patriarchate on the 19th September 1839. In the end the Patriarchate asked that secretly the celebration of the Saint be on the 19th January which also honors Saint Anthony so that it didn’t look to the Turks that a new day of celebration had been set for the Martyr. The main literary sources outlining the life and torture of the Saint are as follows:
· “The Life of the Martyr Saint George” carried out by the priest-monk Laina and published in segments by Dimitis Salamagkas in his work “The Martyr Saint George of Ioannina” Athens 1954. This biography is a major source because it was written before the sanctification of the martyr.
· In praise of Saint George of Ioannina by the above author.
· “Biography of the Saint” compiled by the residents of Ioannina, signed by two bishops and thirty residents of the city, sent to the Ecumenical Patriarchate in April 1938 and published by Dimitri Salamagkas.
· “Patriarchal and Synodic Memorandum”
· “The life of the Martyr Saint George of Ioannina, carried out by a virtuous Ioannite to express his devoutness to the Saint.