Friday, April 23, 2021
St. George lived in the late 3rd and early 4th century. He was a Roman soldier. He is known for his bravery. He lived during the time of the Emperor Diocletian. Diocletian persecuted and executed many Christians. St. George openly declared his belief in Jesus Christ. The emperor tried to convince St. George to renounce his beliefs and offer a sacrifice to pagan gods, but George refused. He was executed in the year 303.
There are many legends about St. George, but the best known is of St. George slaying the dragon. This may have really been a large crocodile, but dragons are exciting! The beast lived near a spring and made it impossible for the locals to draw water each day. They would give it a sheep to distract it while they collected their water. One day the villagers decided to sacrifice a young girl instead, but St. George saved her by killing the beast. George made the sign of the cross before attacking, trusting in the Lord to protect him.
St. George is venerated by both Christians and Muslims. Muslims regard him as a prophet. He is the patron saint of many countries, including Georgia, England, and Ethiopia. He is also the patron saint of Scouting and the military.