St. George was born to a father from Cappadocia and a mother from Palestine. He was an officer in the Roman army; when Emperor Diocletian demanded that all his soldiers make pagan sacrifice, he presented himself before the Emperor and denounced the idols. When threats and promises could not move him from his steadfast confession, he was put through inhuman tortures overcoming them by his faith and love towards Christ. By the wondrous signs that took place in his contest, he guided many to the knowledge of the truth, including Alexandra, wife of Diocletian. He was finally beheaded at Nicomedia in Asia Minor. This icon depicts St. George as a young beardless man in combat with the Evil One, signified by the dragon. Victorious in his struggles, he thus defends and protects the church of Christ signified by a royal maiden underneath a church tower. His lance is surmounted by a cross to represent his sufferings and death as a martyr for Christ and his soldiers cape is red to denote the blood of his martyrdom; an angel descends from heaven and places a crown of victory on his head.