Saturday, April 23, 2011

Saint Saturday: St. George

(Taken from Saints: A Year in Faith and Art by Rosa Giorgi and

Today, April 23rd, is the feast day of St. George. He lived between the 3rd and 4th centuries and is was presumedly born in Lydda (modern Lod, near Jerusalem). Not much is known about him, but he is most famous for the legend of battling a dragon to free a princess, a legend dated back to the Middle Ages. He has since been depicted as a knight battling a dragon. It is believed that he was a martyr in Lydda before the time of Constantine. He is the protector of halberdiers, arms-makers, knights, horses, soldiers, Boy Scouts, lepers, and husbands. He is the patron of England and the cities of Genoa and Ferrara. The name George is of Latin origin and means "farmer."
St. George, pray for us!

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