Today was my day off and once again, I spent part of it in the doctor’s office. I have to get a bunch of blood tests done next week, so it’s another journey to Sun City for that. I had planned on going to the library today but after shopping and dealing with the heat (it was at least 100 again for the 3rd day in a row), I just wanted to go home, get some lunch and sleep. So I had a nice nap and will hit up the library tomorrow. Today, even though I had it written on my calendar, I had forgotten it was St George’s Day. Since my hubby is English, we like to celebrate it. He’s the patron saint of both Greece and England, and according to this website, he is also the patron saint of “Barcelona in Catalonia, Aragon, Russia, Bavaria, Beirut, Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Lithuania and Hungary.” Here are some facts taken from the same website:
History of St George & England
- St Adomnán, the Abbot of Iona in Scotland, provides Britain’s earliest recorded reference to Saint George in the 7th Century. He details the story of the Saint’s exploits, which had been told to him by a French bishop named Arcuif who had travelled to Jerusalem with the crusaders.
- English soldiers wore a sign of St George on their chest and on their backs in the 14th century, as the Saint was regarded as a special protector of the English.
- King Edward III (1312-1377) founded the Order of the Garter (1348), the premier order of chivalry or knighthood in England. The Order was put under Saint George’s patronage and the medal is awarded on the 23rd April by the reigning Monarch.
- In 1620 it was the flag that was flown by the Mayflower when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived in Plymouth, Massachusetts. It is also the flag of the Church of England and as such is known throughout Christendom.
St George’s Day in England
- In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day.
- It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England.
- Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel.
St George the Saint
- St George was born to Christian parents in A.D. 270 (3rd Century) in Cappadocia, now Eastern Turkey
- He moved to Palestine with his Mother and became a Roman soldier, rising to the high rank of Tribunus Militum
- However, he later resigned 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 his imprisonment, but even after torture he stayed true to his faith
- The enraged Diocletian 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
April 23 also appears to be William Shakespeare’s birthday and UNESCO has declared it World Book and Copyright Day. Here is the website for more information.