Saint George – For ALL of England

“There
is a forgotten, nay almost forbidden word,
which means more to me than any other.
That word is
ENGLAND.” – Sir Winston Churchill
 

If England ever wanted to search for a common
National symbol in our multicultural society, then St George would surely fit
the bill.

Saint George –
The Saint who killed the Dragon (ca. 275-281–April 23, 303) was a soldier of
the
Roman Empire, from Anatolia, now modern day Turkey, who was venerated as an Islamic and
Christian martyr.   

He
grew up to serve as an officer in the Roman army, like his father before him.
When ordered by a pagan ruler, the Emperor Diocletian, to pay tribute to Roman
gods, he refused and faced prolonged periods of torture – in some stories as
long as seven years, ending with a gruesome death: sliced in half and beheaded.

Saint George is
the most venerated saint in the Eastern Orthodox Church and
Oriental Orthodox Churches. Immortalised in the tale of George and
the Dragon, he is the patron saint of
Canada, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Montenegro, Portugal, Serbia, the cities of Istanbul, Ljubljana and Moscow, as well as a wide range of professions,
organisations and disease sufferers.


 

On June 2
1893
, Pope Leo
XIII demoted St George as Patron Saint for the English, relegating him to the
secondary rank of 'national protector' and replaced him with St Peter as the
Patron Saint of England. The change was solemnly announced by Cardinal Herbert
Vaughan in the Brompton Oratory.

This papal
pronouncement served to exclude the Catholic Church in
England from a day which is part of English
tradition. In 1963, in the Roman Catholic Church, St George was further demoted
to a third class minor saint and removed him from the Universal Calendar, with
the proviso that he could be honoured in local calendars.  

Pope John Paul
II, in 2000, restored St George to the Calendar, and he appears in Missals as
the English Patron Saint, with Pope Leo’s pronouncement ignored.
 

Saint George is
also the patron saint of
Beirut. The Bay of Saint George in Beirut is believed to be the place where the
dragon lived and where it was slain. 

In Islamic
cultures, the Prophet or Saint al-Khidr or Khizar; according to the Quran a
companion of the Prophet Muwsa Moses, is associated with Mar Girgis (St.
George), who is also venerated under that name by Christians among mainly
Muslim people, especially Palestinian people, and mainly around Jerusalem,
where according to tradition he lived and often prayed near the Temple Mount,
and is venerated as a protector in times of crisis.

His main monument
is the elongated mosque Qubbat al-Khidr ('The Dome of al-Khidr') which stands
isolated from any close neighbours on the northwest corner of the Dome of the
Rock terrace in
Jerusalem

St. George killed
the dragon in this country [
Palestine]; and the place is shown close to
Beyroot. Many churches and convents are named after him. The church at Lydda is
dedicated to St. George: so is a convent near
Bethlehem, and another small one just opposite the Jaffa gate; and others beside. The Arabs
believe that St. George can restore mad people to their senses; and to say a
person has been sent to
St. George’s, is equivalent to saying he has been sent
to a madhouse.

 

George’s
death occurred around the fourth century AD, some 300 years before the last
prophet of Islam completed the Message of God to His creation with the Qur’an.

Thus
as a true follower of monotheism Muslims regard him as dying in a state of
submission to the One Creator. Or in Arabic – of dying in a state of Islam.

As
such, George has acquired status as a Muslim martyr. Muslims across the
Middle East have traditionally
associated George with Al Khadr, literally ‘the Green One’, signifying wisdom
that is ever fresh and imperishable. Al Khadr is described in the Qur’an as a
mystical boat companion of Moses, and even though Moses’ time was centuries
earlier, the linking of George to this Qur’anic personality has held the
imagination, and the similarity of title has meant the two figures have become
entwined.

 

If England
ever wanted to search for a common symbol in our multicultural society, then St
George would surely fit the bill. A symbol that would sit proudly above an
English parliament, for ALL who live in this land.

 

God for Harry,
England

and St George.

 

More can be found
on St George on Wikipedia.
or Emel.

Website of The
Royal Society of St George.

 

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About IanPJ

Ian Parker-Joseph, former Leader of the Libertarian Party UK, who currently heads PDPS Internet Hosting and the Personal Deed Poll Services company, has been an IT industry professional for over 20 years, providing Business Consulting, Programme and Project Management, specialising in the recovery of Projects that have failed in a process driven world. Ian’s experience is not limited to the UK, and he has successfully delivered projects in the Middle East, Africa, US, Russia, Poland, France and Germany. Working within different cultures, Ian has occupied high profile roles within multi-nationals such as Nortel and Cable & Wireless. These experiences have given Ian an excellent insight into world events, and the way that they can shape our own national future. His extensive overseas experiences have made him all too aware of how the UK interacts with its near neighbours, its place in the Commonwealth, and how our nation fits into the wider world. He is determined to rebuild many of the friendships and commercial relationships with other nations that have been sadly neglected over the years, and would like to see greater energy and food security in these countries, for the benefit of all. Ian is a vocal advocate of small government, individual freedom, low taxation and a minimum of regulation. Ian believes deeply and passionately in freedom and independence in all areas of life, and is now bringing his professional experiences to bear in the world of politics.
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0 Responses to Saint George – For ALL of England

  1. Anonymous says:

    I'm not so sure about Harry – Henry V's command to kill the srisoners/hostages is one of the nastiest events at the Battle of Agincourt. It gets into Shakespeare too:
    King. I was not angry since I came to France,
    Vntill this instant. Take a Trumpet Herald,
    Ride thou vnto the Horsemen on yond hill:
    If they will fight with vs, bid them come downe,
    Or voyde the field: they do offend our sight.
    If they'l do neither, we will come to them,
    And make them sker away, as swift as stones
    Enforced from the old Assyrian slings:
    Besides, wee'l cut the throats of those we haue,
    And not a man of them that we shall take,
    Shall taste our mercy. Go and tell them so.
    (Act IV)