Hieromartyr Georgije - Djordje
Parish Priest of Nasice
Djordje was born in Pakrac on February
6, 1911. He completed lower-grade Grammar school in Nova Gradiska, and
the Seminary in Sarajevo. On May 25, 1934, Djordje was ordained in Pakrac.
Djordje had performed his duties in the parishes of Majar and Bolmace,
wherefrom he was moved to Nasice where he happened to be at the moment
of the beginning of World War II. His afflictions were recorded in the
book Magnum Crimen written by Viktor Novak (Zagreb 1948, pages 641-642):
In the night of June 17, 1941, Feliks Lahner, a milkman from Nasice,
barged with two Ustase into priest Bogic's apartment and ordered him
to come with them immediately so as to question him. Bogic obeyed their
order and got into the car waiting in front of his apartment and was
taken towards some field. Djordje was brought to a grazing field, out
of Nasice, near the Chapel of St. Martin, and was killed there. Before
dying, Djordje had endured great suffering. The Ustase tied him to a
tree, cut off his ears, nose, and tongue and tore his beard together
with the skin. After that they picked his eyes out, thereat swearing
at him viciously. In the end, one Ustasa cut his chest and belly open,
took out Djordje's intestines, and wrapped them around his neck. Only
then had priest Bogic completely collapsed, after which the Ustase cut
the rope that Djordje was tied to the tree with. His body fell to the
ground, where the Ustase fired at him and finished killing him. The
person guilty of these martyr afflictions was a Roman Catholic priest
from Nasice, Sidonije Solc. One of the witnesses said: "He (Fra
Solc) had our parish priest Djordje Bogic killed in the most monstrous
manner. They took him out of his apartment in the middle of the night
and butchered him". The corpse of priest Djordje remained in the
same place for the whole night till the afternoon of the next day. Around
16:00, the Gypsies were ordered to take the corpse to Brezik colony
and to bury it in the graveyard.
At the regular session of the Holy Assembly of Bishops of the Serbian
Orthodox Church in 1998, archpriest Georgije Djordje Bogic, parish priest
of Nasice, was canonized and his name was entered in the List of Names
of the Serbian Church Saints.
O holy Hieromartyr Djordje, you lent yourself to the apostles'
way of life and succeeded them on their throne. Inspired by
God, you found confirmed your meditation by practice and prayer;
wherefore you became a perfect teacher of truth, fighting for
the faith unto the shedding of your blood. Intercede with Christ
God that He may save our souls.