Happy St. George's Day! - Simon Hughes

Happy St. George's Day!


To celebrate St George's day, here are a few interesting facts about the man who became the patron saint of England.


St George's exact date isn't know but it is thought to have been between 275-285CE

His Name

St George was actually called 'Georgos', which is the original Greek version of the name. Georgos means 'worker of the earth' or 'farmer'.


Following in the tradition of his Greek father, George became a soldier in the Roman army. 


George was executed on April 23rd, 303CE. In 1222, the Council of Oxford declared that the 23rd April would be celebrated in honour of St George in England. 

St George as a patron saint

England isn't the only country that has adopted George as its patron saint. He is also venerated in Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany, Greece and Georgia. 

He is also the patron saint of places such as: Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa, Venice (after St Mark), Catalonia and Aragon. 


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