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St. Georges Day And Why Its Great To Be English
St. Georges Day
The 23rd of April is St. Georges day. St. George is the Patron Saint of England. But he also belongs to Canada, Portugal and many other Countries too. His emblem is a Red Cross on a white background, which is the Flag of England.
St. George was actually brought over to England in the 12th Century by Richard the Lion Heart. The King of legend. And at that time, all the Kings men wore the Red Cross to avoid confusion on the battlefield.
St. George Facts
He was actually born in Turkey in the 3rd Century and was brought up as a Christian. As an adult he became a Roman soldier, but unlike the other soldiers, he detested violence and protested against Rome and its persecution of the Christians. George was imprisoned for his treachery and eventually executed at Lydda in Palestine.
St. George is not only the Patron Saint of England, he is also the Patron Saint of Georgia, Greece, Ethiopia, Palestine, Portugal, Russia, and Canada. In fact he wasn't the original Patron Saint of England. That accolade went to St. Edmund The Martyr. The Council of Oxford decided that we needed a change. And in 1222, they gave St. George his own celebration day, and nearly a hundred years later they removed St. Edmund, and St. George the Patron Saint of England was born.
St. George is also known as the protector in many different walks of life. Archers, scouts, soldiers and cavalry are just a few. These also include farmers, and other outdoor workers, certain sports such as horse riding, and many others.
Certain illness's are said to improve if you pray to St. George. Hopefully not many people suffer from these diseases today, but if you do then just remember St. George is keeping an eye on you.
So anybody suffering from syphilis, leprosy and plague should always wear a cross of St. George.
St. George and the Dragon
There have been many stories portraying St. George fighting a Dragon over the Centuries. From saving maidens in evil Castles, to slaying the Dragon in its cave. But many people now believe it really was the story of how one man stood up to the might of Rome. At that time, George was only one of a few Christians in a Pagan Country.
This was a time of distrust, hate of the new Religion, and constant fighting of the Pagans to keep their Country and way of life safe from this new intrusion. George stood up for his beliefs, and was slain for his trouble. But his legend lives on, and ironically, the Romans who did everything they could to keep out the new religion, are now the leaders of the Catholic Church and the Holy Roman See.
Proud To Be English!
So, what so great about England? Well, the answer to that is, everything! We have the most amazing History for starters. Where else in the World would you get King Arthur and the Round Table. Robin Hood, and Richard the Lion Heart. And the mightiest one of them all, Boudicca, our greatest Celtic Queen who lived in the East of England and kicked the Romans butt!
And of course we have some of the most amazing buildings in the World too. St. Pauls Cathedral, Westminster, Buckingham Palace, The Tower of London and Oxford with all its ancient buildings. I could go on, but I would be here all day.
We have also invented millions of items, from the Locomotive, to the World Wide Web. The World calls us, Poms, Limeys, (from the fact that the English discovered Vitamin C in Limes, therefore saving thousands of lives through scurvy on ships) Tommies, (world war I) and of course Brits.
And what about the English? We are the kindest most diverse population in the World. Whether you originate from England, India, Indonesia, Africa or anywhere else, we all get along nicely. Of course there will always be someone out there that will try to stir up a little racial tension, but 99 percent of us get on. There are more mixed race marriages in England than anywhere else in the World.
The best thing about being English, is that we look to the future and not the past. We don't hold grudges against any other Country because of what happened in history. We also don't like being called British, it drives us mad! lol! We are English.
So, from this English through and through woman (apart from a slight indiscretion on my grandma's side, Canadian!) to all of you, I hope you have a fantastic
ST. GEORGES DAY!