“Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet.” (Ps 91:13)
Saint George – Feast Day: April 23rd.
Saint George was martyred at Lydda (Israel) around 303, in the persecution of Roman emperor Diocletian.
His cult, as a soldier who died for the faith, predates the legend of his slaying the dragon, and spread quickly both East and West.
During the crusades, George was seen to personify the ideals of
Christian chivalry, and he was adopted as a patron saint of several city-states and countries including England.
King Richard I placed his crusading army under his protection, and in 1222 his feast was proclaimed a holiday.
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God of hosts,
who so kindled the fire of charity
in the heart of Saint George Your martyr,
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
both by his life and by his death;
grant us through his intercession, we pray,
the same faith and power of love,
that we who rejoice in his triumph
may be led to share with him
in the fullness of the resurrection.
Through Christ our Lord.