Here in England today on April 23rd, we traditionally celebrate and remember Saint George. This day is to remember our Patron Saint, who is known for having killed the dragon.
There are a few surprises about him, however as he was not English, so the question is,
Who was Saint George?
“The story of Saint George is so wrapped in myth and legend that it’s difficult to extract the historical facts of a real life. Some believe he never existed or that he’s a Christianised version of an older pagan myth.”
Saint George and England
“The earliest known British reference to Saint George occurs in an account by St. Adamnan, the 7th century Abbot of Iona. He’s believed to have heard the story from Arcuif, a French bishop who had travelled to Jerusalem and other holy places in Palestine. The saint is also mentioned in the writings of the Venerable Bede.
George’s reputation grew with the returning crusaders. A miracle appearance, when it was claimed that he appeared to lead crusaders into battle, is recorded in stone over the south door of a church at Fordington in Dorset. This still exists and is the earliest known church in England to be dedicated to Saint George. The Council of Oxford in 1222 named 23rd April Saint George’s Day.”
Another very important (and rather cute) person with the name, George is the future heir to the Throne of the United Kingdom, namely Prince George (soon to be 3 years old).
Born on 22nd July 2013, is the firstborn child of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and Great-Grandson to Her Majesty our Queen Elizabeth.
This delightful recent photograph shows Prince George on a rocking-horse and is strikingly similar in regard to Saint George upon a horse! Only time will tell of the exploits of this young George who though bearing the same name, will live a very different life yet will also represent England as our future King.
Happy Saint George’s Day!