Thursday, 23 April 2015

Saint George. Martyr. Feast Day 23 April.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint George.
Martyr.
Feast Day 23 April.

Semi-Double.
(In England: Double of the First-Class with Octave.)

Red Vestments.



Martyrdom of Saint George.
Artist: Paolo Veronese (1528–1588).
Date: Circa 1564.
Current location: San Giorgio in Braida, Verona, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Web Gallery of Art.
(Wikimedia Commons)


Saint George, born of an illustrious family in Cappadocia (modern-day Turkey), was promoted by Emperor Diocletian to the First Ranks in the army.

When the Emperor had published at Nicomedia his first Edict against the Christians, Saint George reproached him for his cruelty. Immediately, Saint George was cast into prison and subjected to such atrocious torments that the Eastern Church calls him The Great Martyr. He was beheaded in 303 A.D.

This Patron of armies is Venerated by Greeks and Latins. Rome possesses a Sanctuary erected in his honour, where The Station is held on the Thursday after Ash Wednesday.

England chose him for her Patron in the 13th-Century. Therefore, in this Country, his Feast is a Double of the First-Class with an Octave. He is one of the fourteen Auxiliary Saints.

Mass: Protexisti.



Saint George killing the Dragon.
Artist: Bernat Martorell (1390–1452).
Date: 1434-1435.
Source: AA.VV.,El llibre d'or de l'art català,
Edicions Primera Plana, Barcelona, 1997.
Author: Bernat Martorell (1390–1452).
(Wikimedia Commons)


The following Text is from Wikipedia -the free encyclopaedia.

Saint George, was a Soldier in the Roman army and was later Venerated as a Christian Martyr. His father was Gerontius, a Greek Christian, from Cappadocia, and an Official in the Roman army; his mother, Polychronia, was a Christian, from Lydda. Saint George became an Officer in the Roman army in the Guard of the Emperor Diocletian, who ordered his death for failing to repudiate his Christian Faith.

In hagiography, Saint George is one of the most Venerated Saints in The Catholic Church (Latin and Eastern), AnglicanOrthodox, East Syrian, and Miaphysite Churches. He is immortalised in the myth of Saint George and the Dragon and is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers. His Memorial, Saint George's Day, is traditionally celebrated on the Julian date of 23 April (currently the 6th of May according to the Gregorian Calendar), and he is regarded as one of the most prominent Military Saints. Many Patronages of Saint George exist around the World, including Countries and Cities, as well as The Scout Movement, in addition to a wide range of professions, organisations, and disease sufferers.


6 comments:

  1. Well done, Zephy! Glad to see someone else has posted about our national Patron Saint. You also managed to find some better pictures than I did.

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  2. Thank you, Matthaeus, for your welcome Comment.

    I commend Matthaeus's Blog, "Sub Umbra Alarum Suarum", to all Readers.

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  3. I've jumped ship .... to Saint David, until it comes to soccer and then I pop back.

    Thanks for the link to the Afghan Woman painting; a really interesting site where I've browsed for hours.

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  4. Welcome back, John (nearly). Delighted you approve of the Link.

    The Blogosphere has missed your contributions.

    How is the tan ?

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  5. I'm going to build a workshop, and, as it was too cool in Oz and too-hot in the Middle East for sunbathing, I'll be topping-up the tan in the back garden soon!

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