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About Saint George:
We are still learning about this great saint. There is legend mixed with facts but here are the facts we have found so far. George came from the plain of Sharon in the town of Lydda in Palestine, was very wealthy, had an "extremely orthodox" father, and a mother who was of the line of people known as the "saints of Lydda and Sharon" who were visited by St. Peter.
George was martyred in the year 304 a.d. on April 23rd under the evil Roman Emperor, Diocletian. George was a valiant soldier who surpassed all others in strength, beauty, and exquisite courtesy. It is recorded that "God was with him in all his ways." He rose quickly in rank due to his family status, courage and loyalty. His superiors immediately liked him due to his meritorious character.
When the order came for all soldiers to swear allegiance to the Roman gods George, being a strong Christian, refused. He was tortured at length but never relented from proclaiming Jesus Christ as his Lord. George was beheaded for his faith and received the crown of martyrdom.
Facts and Legends:
George is said to have saved a princess from a dragon. This is probably due to the conversion of Empress Alexandra, (the princess), wife of Galarius, (known as the dragon during this time due to his evil nature). Alexandra listened and believed all that George told her. While the infuriated Galarius had her tortured and eventually killed, she never swayed from her new found love, Jesus Christ.
In the story, a princess was chosen as sacrifice to the terrible dragon that threatened the town. Her doom was sealed and she was led out of town to satisfy the dragon's lust for blood and keep the town safe for a little while longer. George rode on a white horse to her rescue and stopped the dragon. Perhaps we need to invoke the holy warrior St. George to save the unborn, elderly and handicapped from the sacrificial dragon that threatens us today!!
More interesting facts about Saint George:
Constantine the Great was a companion-in-arms of the martyred George of Lydda and declared that George should be considered as the model and example of the young manhood of Christendom and called him the "Champion Knight of Christendom." Here the cross as we know it today in the form of a "+" rather then its Greek counterpart "T" became very prominent.
Ancient Britain adopted George of Lydda as their particular Patron Saint as a result of this decree. "The Red Cross of St. George" was adopted by England as its National ensign after St. George appeared to King Richard the Lionhearted during the Crusades. Richard later built a beautiful church in Lydda in George’s honor.
William of Normandy, called the Conqueror, purportedly flew the standard of the Red Cross of St. George from the masthead of his ship and won the Battle of the British Isles. In addition, St. George is associated with King Arthur and the Knights of the Roundtable. George’s symbol, the rose of Sharon plant is depicted in the middle of this famous table. He is the Patron saint of Boy Scouts and soldiers. April 23rd is his feast day.
Source: George of Lydda, Soldier Saint and Martyr author: I. Hill Elder London The Covenant Publishing Co., Ltd 6 Buckingham Gate, S.W.1949