St George's Day 23rd April
Featured in the April 2010 handbook.
Saint George is popularly identified with England and English ideals of honour, bravery and gallantry, but actually he wasnít English at all. Very little is known about the man who became St George.
St. George is believed to have been born in Cappadocia (now Eastern Turkey) in the year A.D. 270. He was a Christian. At the age of seventeen he joined the Roman army and soon became renowned for his bravery. He served under a pagan Emperor but never forgot his Christian faith. When the pagan Emperor Diocletian started persecuting Christians, St. George pleaded with the Emperor to spare their lives. However, St. George's pleas fell on deaf ears and it is thought that the Emperor Diocletian tried to make St. George deny his faith in Christ, by torturing him. St George showed incredible courage and faith and was finally beheaded near Lydda in Palestine on 23 April, 303.
In 1222, the Council of Oxford declared April 23 to be St Georgeís Day and he replaced Edward the Confessor as Englandís patron saint in the 14th century. In 1415, April 23 was made a national feast day.