St George’s Day 2019
Today is St George’s Day! St George’s Day 2019
St George’s Day 2019 is the feast day of Saint George, as celebrated by various Christian Churches and by the several Nations, Kingdoms, Countries, and Cities of which Saint George is the Patron Saint including England, and regions of Portugal and Spain (Catalonia and Aragon).
Saint George’s Day is celebrated on the 23rd of April, the traditionally accepted date of the saint’s death in the Diocletianic Persecution of AD 303. Besides the 23rd of April feast, some Orthodox Churches have additional feasts dedicated to St. George. For those Eastern Orthodox Churches which use the Julian calendar, this date currently falls on 6 May of the Gregorian calendar. In the 19th century, it was the 5th of May.
Saint George and the Dragon
The most famous legend of Saint George is of him saving a town and a princess from a dragon. In the Middle Ages; dragons were commonly depicted as the Devil. The slaying of the dragon by Saint George was first accredited to him long after his death in the twelfth century. It is therefore likely that the many stories connected with Saint George’s name are fictitious.
The legendary tale tells us that:
- A small town was terrorised by a dragon.
- A young princess was offered to the dragon in exchange for the dragon leaving the town.
- When Saint George heard the news of the princess and the dragon he rode to the town to offer help.
- Saint George slayed the dragon and rescued the princess.
The Man behind the Myth…
Saint George was a Christian martyr who stood firm against a powerful Roman Emperor and chose death instead of cowardly capitulation.
Flying the flag
A traditional custom on St George’s Day is to fly or adorn the Saint George Cross flag. Pubs in particular can be seen this day to be festooned with garlands of the St George Cross.
It is also customary for the hymn “Jerusalem” to be sung in Cathedrals, Churches and Chapels all over England & Great Britain on St. George’s Day or the Sunday that is closest to it.
As Saint David is to Wales, Saint George is regarded as the man who brought the Christian Gospel to England. St George’s Day
Happy St George’s Day 2019!
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