Easter: April 23rd
Veneration of St. George comes to us from the east, probably from
Palestine where he was held in high honor as a martyr. Regarded as the
patron of Christian armies, he is venerated under this title by the
Latins as well as by the Greeks.
St. George is venerated by the Eastern Church among her "great
martyrs" and "standard-bearers." He belonged to the Roman
army; he was arrested and, probably, beheaded under Diocletian, c. 304.
He is the patron of England, since 800. St. George is one of the
"Fourteen Holy Helpers."
Many legends are attached to Saint George. The most famous is the one in
The Golden Legend. There was a dragon that lived in a lake near
Silena, Libya. Not even armies could defeat this creature, and he
terrorized flocks and the people. St. George was passing through, and
upon hearing about a princess was about to be eaten, he went to battle
against the serpent, and killed it with one blow with his lance. Then,
with his great preaching, George converted the people. He distributed his
reward to the poor, then left the area.