Monday, April 23, 2007

St George, patron of Palestinian Christians
Today is his Gregorian-date feast-day
It is very true that St George fought against a Dragon. St John calls him “the dragon, that serpent of old, who is the Devil and Satan”. He received the martyr’s crown on this date in 303, having suffered various tortures before being decapitated.

Palestinian Christians... must stuggle every day, pressed upon all sides - hated by the Jews for being Palestinian and hated by most Palestinians for not being Muslim.
That his legend, nothing to do with England, became identified with it even more than St Alban, said to be the first martyr there, says something about the universality, Catholicity, of the church there before the ‘Reformation’. (Both in the sense of being in communion with Catholics in other lands — certainly in Western Europe through their patriarch in Rome! — and in holding the full faith locally in every cathedral and village church.) The Crusaders, though far from perfect (one can’t excuse how they treated Eastern Christians — and the Pope didn’t!), brought the story back from the Middle East.

From David Holford.

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