Saint George the Martyr

14th century statue of Saint George in St Alban’s Abbey England

Saint George is the patron saint of England and today is his feast day. However, hardly anything is known about him. We believe he was a Christian soldier who suffered martyrdom about the year 303 in Palestine, sometime before the reign of Emperor Constantine. Twelth century legends have made him popular and he is also the patron saint of Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Genoa and Venice. However, we do believe that he was martyred for his faith.

On Palm Sunday THIS YEAR twin bombings took place in Egypt at St George’s Church in Tanta and St Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral in Alexandria with 45 people killed and 126 people injured. In February ISIS called for attacks on Christians and hundreds of Christians had to flee their homes in North Sinai.

Yes it can be hard being a Christian in the West when the faith is held in so little esteem but we are able to worship and talk about our faith in safety.

Please remember all those who are in peril and being persecuted for their Christan faith as well as those who have died and those who mourn. These events are not well reported so scour the media for them so that we can support our brothers and sisters in the faith. John Donne explains why…

No Man is an Island – John Donne

No man is an island,
Entire of itself,
Every man is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thy friend’s
Or of thine own were:
Any man’s death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind,
And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.


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