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Brave Old St George

Posted by Chloe Bennett on 23rd April 2012

Well indeed as its shamefully not one of the most celebrated days in the English calendar and it should be considering St George is England’s patron saint. Considering we're always up for a guiness when St Patrick's comes around, it's probably fair to assume that most of us probably don’t even know who or what St George’s Day is all about.

Best to my knowledge; let me tell you some facts that have been widely ‘accepted’ about St George and his life and reputation that had survived until the present day.

St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now known as Eastern Turkey

He later moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum

St George later resigned from his military post and protested against his pagan leader, the Emperor Diocletian (245-313 AD), who led Rome’s persecution of Christians

His rebellion against the Emperor resulted in captivity and torture, however he remained true to his faith

This infuriated Diocletian and he had St George dragged through the streets of Nicomedia, Turkey, on the 23rd of April 303 AD and had him beheaded

The Emperor’s wife was so inspired by St George’s bravery and loyalty to his religion, that she too became a Christian and was subsequently executed for her faith

How did we hear of this?

Well as the crusaders returned to England from their battles ashore, they brought tales of the heroic St George with them and his reputation grew. A couple of years after his death, it was claimed that he presented himself outside Jerusalem in 1099 and led the Crusaders into battle. This miracle was recorded in the stone of a church in Fordington, Dorset which is now known as the earliest church to be dedicated to a patron saint.

St George’s Cross

After St George’s miraculous appearance, The Synod of Oxford declared a feast day in the kingdom of England in celebration of St George and his bravery in 1222. Edward III put his ‘Order of the Garter’ under the banner of St George which is still the foremost order of knighthood in England, and soldiers began to display the pennon of St George thereafter. Today we continue this theme and present the ‘St George’s Cross’ when we represent England all over the world.

Interesting stuff hey?


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