Happy Feast Day of St George.
Saint George lived in the 3rd century (dying near Lydda in Palestine near 303AD). He was the son of Christian parents, and a soldier in the Roman army. He was one of the Roman emperor Diocletian’s favorite soldiers. When Diocletian had notices put up proclaiming that Christianity was against the law, George thought that he could change the emperor’s mind. He tore down the notices and went to Diocletian to tell him the new law was cruel and against God. George was arrested, tortured and finally beheaded.
And that’s about all we know. The rest is pious allegory mistaken for history or, if you will, pious legend.
St George is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow.
St George is also patron saint of scouts, soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis.