Christians in Cyprus will be able to venerate the left hand of Saint George after the holy relic was recently brought to the island from Samos.
The holy relic is usually kept at the Monastery of the Virgin Mary in the Greek island of Samos but will until April 30 be on display at Ayios Georgios Church in the Nicosia district village of Pano Deftera. Members of the public can visit the relic between 6.30am and 10pm.
Saint George (AD 275–281 to April, 23 303) was a Roman soldier of Greek origin and officer in the Guard of Roman emperor Diocletian. Diocletian ordered Saint George’s death for failing to recant his Christian faith. As a Christian martyr, he later became one of the most venerated saints in Christianity.
In hagiography, as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and one of the most prominent military saints, he is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon.