April 23, 2023
The martyr St. George is well-known due to the numerous widespread legends about him; the historic information about his life, nonetheless, are much less well-known and far more prosaic than the myths recommend. George lived within the third or fourth century, and was in all probability martyred about 303 within the Palestinian metropolis of Lydda. It was there that veneration of him as a soldier-saint started, although the Church initially acknowledged that it knew little about his precise life (as late because the sixth century he was known as merely a very good man “whose deeds are recognized solely to God”).
Unreliable legends about St. George developed within the Middle Ages; he was supposedly a knight from Cappadocia whose rescue of a maiden from a dragon in Libya prompted a lot of conversions. Other tales about him are additionally with out factual foundation, however St. George is nonetheless thought of a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Genoa, and Venice.
- The legend of St. George combating and overcoming the dragon (a standard image of evil) reminds us of God’s care: “Under the Lord’s wings you shall take refuge; His faithfulness is a buckler and protect. You shall not worry the phobia of the night time, nor the arrow that flies by day” (Psalm 91:4-5).
- People — together with Christians — have a pure want for heroes, and tales concerning the saints — even when based mostly on unsure legends, as within the case of St. George — are a authentic response to this want.
From Johnnette Benkovic’s Graceful Living: Meditations to Help You Grow Closer to God Day by Day
As for Saint George, he was consumed with the hearth of the Holy Spirit. Armed with the invincible commonplace of the cross, he did battle with an evil king and acquitted himself so properly that, in vanquishing the king, he overcame the prince of all depraved spirits, and inspired different troopers of Christ to carry out courageous deeds in his trigger.
— From a homily of St. Peter Damian on St. George
Could I be referred to as “St. Georgette” at the moment? In what means do I emulate St. George?
Other Saints We Remember Today
- St. Adalbert (997), Bishop, Martyr
picture: St. George Ikon, unknown artist, Cretan work of the second half of the fifteenth century, within the custom of Cretan painter Angelos Akotandos (d. 1457) / Benaki Museum, Public area, by way of Wikimedia Commons