George the Serbian

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Our father among the saints George the New (Свети Ђорђе Кратовац) was a Serb from the town of Kratovo.

He was a goldsmith by trade and, in his heart and soul, was a convinced and a devout Christian. George was eighteen years old when the Turks tried to convert him to Islam. George remained firm as a diamond in his faith. The Turks tortured him cruely and then finally burned him at the stake. He suffered and was martyred for the beautiful Faith of Christ on February 11, 1515 in Sofia, Bulgaria, during the reign of Sultan Selim and was glorified with unfading glory in the heavens. A priest from the Serbian colony in Sofia, presbyter Peja wrote a Life of new martyr George from Kratovo. Saint George was glorified in both Serbian and Bulgarina Churches. His feast day is May 26/June8