Happy St George’s Day

April 23rd, 2011 by Stephen Jones Leave a reply »

Happy St George’s Day and Happy Easter

Saint George (ca. 275/281 – 23 April 303), the Patron Saint of England,  was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr.

 Saint George is one of the most venerated saints in the Catholic ), Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, and also the Oriental Orthodox churches.

 He is immortalized in the tale of Saint George and the Dragon and a aiitng by Raphakl and he was one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers a group of saints venerated together in Roman Catholicism because their intercession is believed to be particularly effective, especially against various diseases.

The episode of St George and the Dragon was a legend brought back with the Crusaders . The earliest known depiction of the legend is from early eleventh-century Cappadocia, (in the iconography of the Eastern Orthodox Church, George had been depicted as a soldier since at least the seventh century); the earliest known surviving narrative text is an eleventh-century Georgian text.

 His memorial is celebrated on 23 April, and he is regarded as one of the most prominent military saints.


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