In our modern time, there are many worthy, charitable Orthodox organizations already in existence. However, none of them has the defined goal of providing hands on, practical help exclusively to their fellow Orthodox Christians. The Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr is at its deepest root a confraternity of Orthodox Christian faithful who profess commitment to helping the Church and other Orthodox Christians in need or under persecution. The Order has two basic principles: Spirituality and charity.
The Order of Saint George is an order of Christian chivalry and has the distinction of being the first and only Orthodox chivalric order of its kind in the Orthodox Christian world. The Order of Saint George is based upon the European Christian chivalric code which contained virtues such as mercy, courage, valor, fairness, protection of the weak and the poor, and the servant-hood of a knight dedicated to God and His Church by placing his obedience above his own self-interest.
This chivalric approach provides a venue for those Orthodox men and women who are attracted to and find value in a structured, fraternal, religious, pan-orthodox, specifically goal-directed organization in which they can find a high degree of fellowship and service. The addition of ranks and decorations for members serves to reinforce the structure, discipline and worthiness of the Order and its works as well as to provide a means for official recognition of a member’s exceptional service to the Order and therefore to the Holy Orthodox Church.
The core purpose of the Order of Saint George is to help the Orthodox poor, the sick, the needy, the maimed, the mentally ill, the imprisoned, the socially disadvantaged and the persecuted. The Order also strives to assist in the protection and maintenance of Orthodox holy places including monasteries, seminaries, cathedrals, churches and shrines. This is the priority of its members and every effort is made to unite the whole Order for this objective.
So, why might you want to become a member of the Order of Saint George? We believe that being an integral part of this Order provides the Orthodox Christian, both male and female, cleric and lay, with a vibrant, living, forceful and highly committed way to express one’s faith in tangible ways to their fellow Orthodox who are persecuted and in great need of material as well as social and spiritual assistance. It gives the faithful members very specific ways in which to be of true Christly service, as mirrored in the Beatitudes and in the basic Christian message of love. We are all called to serve, protect and defend those who are the least among us.
Accordingly, we include a list of the official goals and objectives of the Order of St George, taken from its Constitution:
Aiding the poor, the sick, the needy, the aged, the infirm, the maimed, the mentally ill, the imprisoned and the socially disadvantaged; assisting in the maintenance of holy places including, but not limited to, buildings, monasteries, seminaries, shrines, churches and cathedrals of the Orthodox Faith; and establishing and promoting the works of hospitals, medical centers, orphanages, schools and other bona fide Orthodox institutions and/or organizations.
Your commitments of “time, talent and treasure” are respectfully requested. After reading about the Order of St George, it is our deepest hope that you will see a place for yourself as a member of the Order and, with us, reach out with the Hands of Christ to our fellow Orthodox Christians.
The Holy Orthodox Order of Saint George the Great Martyr, Inc. is a nonprofit tax deductible 501(c)(3) public charity (tax ID# 35-2579048).