Mrs McDermott, Head of Faith Life, reminds us that today, 23rd April, is St George’s Day, the patron saint of England (and several other countries) and the patron saint of one of our school houses.
St George’s Day cupcakes on offer at lunch today. Thank you Holroyd Howe!
‘Very little is known for certain about the life of St George, although it seems likely that he is an historical figure. Pope Gelasius described him as one of the saints “whose names are justly reverenced among men, but whose actions are known only to God.” It is likely that George was born into a Greek Christian noble family in Lydda, which is now in Israel. His father, an officer in the Roman army, died when George was about 14. The name George means “worker of the land”.
After George’s mother died, he decided to become a soldier, in the army of Emperor Diocletian, for whom his father had also fought. George was stationed in Nicomedia. In 302, Diocletian called for all Christian soldiers to be arrested, and all other soldiers to offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George, with great courage, stood up to the Emperor, and told him that what he was doing was wrong. He announced in front of the other soldiers that he was a Christian who worshipped Jesus Christ. Diocletian was upset, because George was a good soldier and the son of his friend. He tried to convert George to the worship of the Roman gods, offering him many gifts, but George refused. Diocletian felt that he had no choice but to execute George. George gave his wealth away to those living in poverty, and prepared himself for death. After being tortured, George was beheaded, and his body then returned to Lydda.
It is said that as a result of his martyrdom, Diocletian’s wife, Alexandra, became a Christian, and was then martyred herself.
St George is often pictured killing a dragon. This probably represents him fighting against injustice. The dragon can represent wickedness. The woman often pictured with him may represent the truth of God.’
Saint George and the dragon, Paolo Uccello, National Gallery London
A thought to take away.
St George is often associated with killing a dragon, which may represent fighting against injustice.
What are the bad things that you can conquer in your life?
Do you have courage to stand up when you see something unjust happen?
Who will speak out if you don’t?
An action to complete.
Stand up for doing right today!
Pray for those who are facing hardships as a result of speaking out against those in power.
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