Today – April 23 – is St George’s day! And here is the history of St George (and the dragon) from Stephen Liddell.
Originally posted on Stephen Liddell:
Wednesday is April 23rd and St. George’s Day which is remembered annually on the day of his death. Whilst his famous dragon slaying exploits are the stuff of legend, Saint George himself was porn in the Roman-Palestine town of Lydda around 275AD. Both his parents were Greek and George himself served in the Roman Army.
Saint George is one of the most venerated Saints and unusually is remembered not just in Christian nations but Muslim ones too. In places he is the Patron Saint of a country and in others of cities or districts. As such his Patronage extends from England in the west to India in the east and many places in between including Georgia, Israel, Palestine,Iraq, Egypt, Greece, Romania, Moscow, Barcelona, Preston and Rio.
George was a great soldier and rapidly rose through the ranks until in the year 302AD Roman Emperor Diocletian ordered that every Christian soldier…
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