Happy St George's Day

A very happy St George's Day, readers. St George is the patron Saint of England, as well as a host of other countries. You can read his biography here. According to this BBC description, yes, BBC...(St George, please pray for the BBC!)

'Very little, if anything, is known about the real Saint George. Pope Gelasius said that George is one of the saints "whose names are rightly reverenced among us, but whose actions are known only to God." 


According to the Beeb, these are the 'facts in brief'...

'Everything about Saint George is dubious, so the information below should be taken as mythical rather than real.

  • Born in Cappadocia, an area which is now in Turkey 
  • Lived in 3rd century AD 
  • His parents were Christian 
  • Later lived in Palestine 
  • Became a Roman soldier 
  • Protested against Rome's persecution of Christians 
  • Imprisoned and tortured, but stayed true to his faith 
  • Beheaded at Lydda in Palestine 
  • 23rd April was named as Saint George's day in 1222'

I know we don't know that much about St George, but if these are 'facts in brief' about the life of St George, then why should these 'facts' then be described as 'mythical'. Is there such a thing as a 'mythical fact'?

I'm planning to go and see my friend George today, so will wish him a happy St George's day from long-term readers. These days we need St George's sense of chivalry, devotion, honour and love for Christ and His Church.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Funny you should bring up the BBC here. I'm in the middle of a complaint with them about their gay marriage 'debates' on Question Time, Newsnight and the Daily Politics in March. I'll take this a grace that I should pray to St. George for intercession.

BJC