Monday, 23 April 2007

St George on Monday


Here are some facts about St George. Note: the human is making me include this. I would much rather talk about myself, naturally.

Who was St George?

A good question and one that's hard to answer with any great degree of accuracy. Generally though, it's held that he was born in Turkey to Christian parents in the third century AD. When his father died, he and his mother moved to Palestine, where he became a soldier during the reign of Roman emperor Diocletian (245-313). Unfortunately, Diocletian was a bitter opponent of Christianity. George apparently told the Emperor that he was too harsh in his treatment of Christians, and when he left the army George was imprisoned and tortured for seven years. Eventually, after refusing to recant, George was beheaded at Lydda in Palestine.

How did St George become England's patron saint?

The elevation of St George to patron saint status took some time but began when he was accorded a minor religious feast day by the Oxford synod in 1222. By the end of the 14th century he'd been adopted as England's patron saint and in 1415, the year of the battle of Agincourt, Archbishop Chichele ordered St George's Day to be observed like Christmas Day.

Where does the St George's flag come from?

The flag of St George – which is shown as a red cross on a white background, symbolising his martyrdom – became the uniform for English soldiers probably as far back as the reign of Richard 1 and became England's flag at some point in the late Thirteenth century. The cross was incorporated into the Union Jack when the Act of Union took place in 1707.

Is he purely an English saint?

Far from it – in fact St George is also the patron saint of Portugal and Lithuania and St George's Day is a huge event in Catalonia where everyone wears red roses to commemorate it. In many countries St George is associated with fertility and his day marks the very beginning of summer.

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Kaze, Latte, or Chase said...

Interesting, I did not know about St. George Day. I'm sure you'll be back to talking about yourself tomorrow.


Name: Mr. Hendrix said...

I didn't know about this. Cool! Thanks for telling us about St. George and have a Happy St. George's Day

yao-lin said...

LOL LOL LOL @ Kaze ha ha ha

Daisy said...

WOWIE! Guess what? I think St. George must be my very favorite saint!

Forty Paws said...

Happy St. George's Day!

Luf, Us

Caesar and Princess said...

Very very interesting.
Happy St. George Monday then!

Yao-lin, really. We hope You have a perfect day :-)

Parker said...

Kaze - you kill me, LOL! But Yao, that was very interesting!

Tara said...

I didn't know any of this! That was really, really interesting. Mom spent some of her youth in Utah, and she always thougth St. George was a town in Southern Utah (and big Mormon country at that!).


Kimo & Sabi said...

Happy St. George Day - we don't celebrate that in America, but we will celebrate in our house tonight...anything to celebrate!

Suzanne said...

good info! happy st. george's day! i'm not surprised that he's daisy's patron saint. (tee hee)


ps i'm having my first contest!

Dragonheart said...

Interesting facts about St. George! Thanks for educating us, Yao-lin. :)

I hope you had a happy St. George's Day!

Kim and Oscar the Puppy Cat said...

I love learning history, no matter the country. I'm Episcopal and so know some about St. George. Not as much as I should though. (blushing)
Thanks for the lesson.

That was my Mommy. I think I would like to hear more about your everyday world. Beans are weird.

William said...

Happy St. George's Day, a few days late. You guys are lucky to have St. George. We only have King George over here across the pond. I don't like him because he makes my mom yell.