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St. George and the Dragon Ceramic Plaque

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George and the Dragon Ceramic Plaque

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[died c. 300], an officer of the Imperial Army during the reign of Diocletian, resigned his commission, was arrested, suffered cruel torment, and was put to death because he would not execute a patently unjust command. St. George is patron for soldiers, policemen, and for all whose duty requires them to exercise the coercive power of government. He is known as the model of knighthood and avenger of women. The Boy Scouts have him as their patron and he is the Patron Saint of England, Portugal and Germany. His feast is April 23.



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10"  (25.4 cm) x 7 1/2"  (19.0 cm)
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St. George

St. George Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 04/23
Tridentine Calendar - 04/23


Patron Of: Plague, Archers, Lepers, Butchers, Boy Scouts, Cavalry, Chivalry, England, Farmers, Soldiers, Skin Diseases, Horses

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Soldier. Martyr. That's all we know for sure.

Several stories have been attached to Saint George, the best known of which is the Golden Legend. In it, a dragon lived in a lake near Silena, Libya. Whole armies had gone up against this fierce creature, and had gone down in painful defeat. The monster ate two sheep each day; when mutton was scarce, lots were drawn in local villages, and maidens were substituted for sheep. Into this country came Saint George. Hearing the story on a day when a princess was to be eaten, he crossed himself, rode to battle against the serpent, and killed it with a single blow with his lance. George then held forth with a magnificent sermon, and converted the locals. Given a large reward by the king, George distributed it to the poor, then rode away.

Due to his chivalrous behavior (protecting women, fighting evil, dependence on faith and might of arms, largesse to the poor), devotion to Saint George became popular in the Europe after the 10th century. In the 15th century his feast day was as popular and important as Christmas. Many of his areas of patronage have to do with life as a knight on horseback. The celebrated Knights of the Garter are actually Knights of the Order of Saint George. The shrine built for his relics at Lydda, Palestine was a popular point of pilgrimage for centuries. One of the Fourteen Holy Helpers.
Died
tortured and beheaded c.304 at Lydda, Palestine



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