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  1. #1
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    Jul 2001
    London, Britannia.

    Arrow Happy St Georges Day WHTers

    Good Morning, Good Afternoon and Good Evening

    Wherever you are..

    Happy St Georges Day!

    From my perspective i say it to all English men and women but it applies to others also i know.

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    Orlando, FL
    April the 23rd it's celebrated in Greece also.

    Happy Name Day to all Georges and Georgettes

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    Liverpool, England, UK.
    Even though were not allowed to celebrate it in England due to political correctness, happy St Georges day all - Quality Web Solutions That Work!
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    yep HAPPY ST GEORGES DAY everyone! tis time to get merry!!

    and here is the true story behind St George!

    St. George was 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.

    The Emperor Diocletian gave him many important missions, and it is thought that on one of these he came to England. It was while he was in England that he heard the Emperor was putting all Christians to death and so he returned to Rome to help his brother Christians. He pleaded with the Emperor to spare their lives. Diocletian did all he colud to persuade St. George to give up his faith, but he refused and was finally beheaded on 23 April, 303.

    Around 1000 years later, St. George became England's patron saint replacing Edward the Confessor. In 1415, April 23 was made a national feast day .

    Patron Saint
    St George is also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis.
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  5. #5
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    Jul 2001
    London, Britannia.
    I've also found this to help expalin St George to people and how St Georges Day came to be the nationla day of England.

    Very interesting story based on historical fact in there too.


    Who was St George? What is myth and what is fact? Did he really slay
    the Dragon? Why is he such a popular Saint, celebrated in so many
    Countries, Races, Religions and Organisations?

    There are many legends in many cultures about St. George, but
    they all have a common theme; he must have been an outstanding
    character in his lifetime, for his reputation to have survived
    for almost 1,700 years!

    Most authorities on the subject seem to agree that he was born in
    Cappadocia in what is now Turkey, in about the year 280 AD.
    It is probable that from his physical description, he was of Darian origin,
    because of his tall stature and fair hair. He enlisted into the Cavalry of
    the Roman Army at the age of 17, during the reign of the Emperor
    Diocletian and very quickly established a reputation amongst his peers,
    for his virtuous behaviour and physical strength; his military bearing,
    valour and handsome good looks.

    He quickly achieved the rank of Millenary or Tribunus Militum,
    an officer's rank roughly equivalent to a full Colonel, in charge
    of a regiment of 1,000 men and became a particular favourite
    of his Emperor. Diocletian was a skilled military tactician and
    strict disciplinarian, who set himself the task of rejuvenating
    the morale of the citizens of Rome by reviving the prevailing
    traditions and paganism of Rome. It may be recalled that this
    was a time of high inflation and civil unrest and one outcome
    of this was the increasing influence of Christianity.

    Diocletian's second in Command was Galerius, the conqueror
    of Persia and an avid supporter of the Pagan religion.
    As a result of a rumour that the Christians were plotting
    the death of Galerius, an edict was issued that all Christian
    Churches were to be destroyed and all scriptures to be burnt.
    Anyone admitting to being a Christian, would lose his rights
    as a citizen, if not his life.

    As a consequence, Diocletian took strict action against any
    alternative forms of religion in general and the Christian faith
    in particular. He achieved the reputation of being perhaps the
    cruellest persecutor of Christians of all time.

    Many Christians feared to be loyal to their God;
    but, having become a convert to Christianity, St. George
    acted to limit the excesses of Diocletian's actions against
    the Christians. He went to the city of Nicomedia where,
    upon entering, he tore down the notice of the Emperor's
    edict. St. George gained great respect for his compassion
    towards Diocletian's victims.

    As news spread of his rebellion against the persecutions
    St. George realised that, as both Diocletian and Galerius
    were in the city, it would not be long before he was arrested.
    He prepared for the event by disposing of his property to the
    poor and he freed his slaves.

    When he appeared before Diocietian, it is said that St. George
    bravely denounced him for his unnecessary cruelty and
    injustice and that he made an eloquent and courageous
    speech. He stirred the populace with his powerful and
    convincing rhetoric against the Imperial Decree to
    persecute Christians. Diocietian refused to acknowledge
    or accede to St. George's reasoned, reproachful condemnation
    of his actions. The Emperor consigned St George to prison
    with instructions that he be tortured until he denied his faith in Christ.

    It is said that St. George was first spread-eagled on the ground
    and a heavy stone was placed upon his chest. He was then
    whipped and subjected to being broken on a spiked wheel
    before being thrown into quicklime and forced to run in shoes
    inside which were sharp nails. The torture was extreme even
    by the standards of those times! Despite these tribulations,
    St. George refused to yield his faith. Finally he was beheaded
    in Nicomedia near Lydda in Palestine, on the 23rd April
    in the year 303 AD, the day of his Martyrdom.

    Stories of St. George's courage soon spread and his reputation
    grew very quickly. He soon became known in Russia and the
    Ukraine as the Trophy Bearer and his remains are said to have
    been buried in the church that bears his name in Lydda.
    However, his head was carried to Rome, where it was
    preserved in the Church that is also dedicated to him.

    He was beatified by the Roman Catholic Church and is recognised
    in the liturgy of the Russian Orthodox and Greek Orthodox
    Churches as well as the Roman Catholic Church. He has been
    revered in the Ukraine since Christianity was established in
    988 AD by Volodymyr the Great the Prince of the Kyivan empire.
    The Romanesque Monastic order in Prague established
    St. George's Church in the Castle in the year 920AD and
    in the year 1119 AD the Cathedral of St George was
    founded in Novgorod.

    His reputation for virtue and chivalrous conduct became the
    spiritual inspiration of the Crusaders and by this time the
    pennant or flag with a red cross on a white or silver background
    became prominent as a means of recognition by English Knights.
    It was also worn on breast plates, but it wasn't until the year
    1348 that King Edward Ill established the Knights of the Garter,
    which is the oldest order of Chivalry in Europe. The Order of
    the Garter was dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary,
    Edward the Confessor and St George.

    The Insignia consist of a collar and badge appendant known
    as the George, the Star, the Garter and the Sash with the
    Investment Badge called the lesser George. This is a gold
    and richly enamelled representation of St George on
    horseback slaying the dragon.

    A representation of this can be seen in our magnificent
    Charter and in the collar and appendant that officers of
    The Royal Society wear.

    In 1352 the College of St George was established in Windsor,
    when there were 6 Chorister boys and since then, St George's
    school has played an important role in the daily worship and
    on State Occasions in the Queen's Free Chapel of St George
    in Windsor Castle.

    By providing free education and sustenance for the boys,
    a priceless musical inheritance in choral worship has been
    established and their numbers increased until the Plague
    struck in 1479 when the numbers were reduced from thirteen
    to six again; they recovered however and were back up to
    thirteen by Michaelmas in 1482.

    The choristers pray daily for the the life of King Edward III
    and the Most Noble Order of the Garter, under his stall in
    the Chapel above which is the knight's sword, helmet and crest.
    These services used to be held at St. Georgestide which was
    also in April.

    There is a wonderful cookery book of mediaeval recipes
    produced for the benefit of St. George's School, which can be
    purchased in Windsor. In the ancient City of Salisbury there
    has been a pageant of St. George held every year, whose
    origins can be traced back to the 13th Century. It was in
    the year 1415 AD that St. George became the
    Patron Saint of England when English Soldiers under
    Henry V won the battle of Agincourt. In 1497 in the
    reign of Henry VIII, the pennant of the Cross of
    St. George was flown by John Cabot when he sailed to
    Newfoundland and it was also flown by Sir Francis Drake
    and Sir Walter Raleigh. In 1620 it was the flag that was
    flown by the Mayflower when the Pilgrim Fathers arrived
    in Plymouth Massachusetts. It is also the flag of the
    Church of England and as such is known throughout Christendom.

    In the year 1728 AD Maximilian II Emanuel, the Elector of
    Bavaria, established by Papal Bull The Royal Military
    Order of St George, as a means of honouring distinguished
    military service.

    By this time, his name had become associated with the purity
    of spirit, selfless devotion to duty and boundless courage
    and valour in the face of adversity. In more recent times,
    he was chosen as the patron saint of Scouting, because of
    the ideals that he represents.

    It is interesting to note that he is also the Patron Saint
    of Barcelona in Catalonia, Aragon, Russia, Bavaria, Beirut,
    Czechoslovakia, Portugal, Lithuania and Hungary, to name
    but a few. Virtually every country in Europe and the
    Commonwealth has a church dedicated to St. George.

    It was during the last war that King George V1 established
    the George Cross for outstanding acts of Civilian Valour
    and one of the earliest recipients was the Island of Malta,
    for its outstanding courage in~ the face of the constant
    bombardment by the Italian and German Airforce. It is,
    coincidentally, the Island that was so closely associated
    and governed by the Crusaders who arrived from the Island
    of Rhodes in the 14" Century, following their 200 year war
    with the Turks.

    The legends about him spread far and wide and in Beirut,
    for example, they claim that it was in the bay of Beirut near
    the town of Silene, which was then a swamp, that the dragon
    dwelt, keeping the population in terror of his forays. To
    satiate him the population tethered an animal, until they had
    no more. They then provided human sacrifices and in ultimate
    desperation, a young princess was selected, the king's daughter
    named Cleolinda. The story then relates how St. George rode
    up on his white charger, dismounted and fought the monster
    on foot; until it eventually succumbed. He then dragged the
    dying monster into the city, using the girdle of the Princess
    and slew the dragon in front of the people. St. George was
    greeted as their saviour and the King offered him a bag of
    gold as a reward for saving his daughter. This he refused and
    asked that it be given to the poor.

    The story is a powerful allegory, emblematic of the triumph
    of good over evil; but it also teaches of enduring Christian
    faith in the extreme and the trust that at all times should be
    placed in the Almighty by the invocation of the name of
    St. George, Soldier, Saint and Martyr.

    The Arthurian Legends are also based on the chivalry of
    the Knights, and have become entwined with St. George,
    whom they attempted to emulate. In the Crusaders Castle
    called the Krac des Chevaliers, there are the remnants of
    the Knight's Round Table on the upper Rampart and
    some of the stone seats are still extant.

    In the 13" Century, there was a Guild of St. George to which
    the Honourable Company of Pikemen were related before
    evolving into the Honourable Artillery Company. Many
    regiments of the Army still celebrate St. George's Day
    with great ceremony.

    In Barcelona, it is traditional to give a book as a token
    of St. George's Day, whilst in Russia and the Ukraine
    the day is celebrated by Spring Festivals and Picnics to
    celebrate the end of winter. In the world of Scouting,
    it is the first day for camping.



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