Saint George’s Day

https://mylittledog.wordpress.com/It’ll be St. George’s Day tomorrow, an event we couldn’t allow to pass unmentioned for two simple reasons.

First of all, St. George is one of the main and most venerated saints in the Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox and Oriental Orthodox churches. As a Christian, I was raised to value and give recognition to his martyrdom and contribution to the spread of Christianity.

He is also the patron saint of England. For those of you who like a bit of history, let me share a few interesting facts I learnt at school or dug up at the library.

St. George’s flag, a red cross on a white background, was adopted by England and the City of London in 1190  and, in the year 1222, the Synod of Oxford declared St. George’s Day a feast day in the kingdom of England. King Edward III put his Order of the Garter under the banner of St. George around the year 1348. For hundreds of years, St. George’s Cross has been flying high as part of the Union Jack flag, alongside St. Andrew’s Cross (for Scotland) and St. Patrick’s Cross (for Ireland).

The establishment of George as a popular and protective warrior saint in the West, which had captured the medieval imagination – see the legend of St. George and the Dragon –  was reinforced by the official elevation of his feast to a festum duplex at a church council in 1415, on the date that had become associated with his martyrdom, 23 April. When the Reformation in England severely reduced the saints’ days in the calendar, St. George’s Day was among the holidays that continued to be celebrated.

The way St. George’s Day is celebrated in England varies from one community to another, as there are no set rules for this event. Some, more traditional communities may choose to organise street processions, whilst others may settle for parties or stage productions of the above mentioned legend. There is, however, one unifying element in this diversity of celebration: the proud display of St. George’s flag across the country, outside shops and businesses, in people’s windows and gardens, on children’s T-shirts and dogs’ collars.

The second, more personal reason for celebrating this day is, of course, the fact that George bears the name of the saint, which is quite appropriate for an English-born-and-bred dog. N0t that we thought of this when we named him, we just went a long with Brianna’s choice.

However, George is very proud of his name and country, and more than happy to have his very own ‘Saint day’. Therefore, he dressed up in his saint’s colours and volunteered for a photo shoot to celebrate the event. Then he asked me to put the photo on the blog, for all his friends to see.

We hope you like it!

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23 responses to “Saint George’s Day

  1. We are very impressed George and we want a St Clancy and St Connor day to be declared too! Anyway we hope very much that you enjoyed your special day.

    Clancy and Connor

  2. We do like the photo – George is very lucky to get to share his name with a saint. Brianna made a terrific choice when she chose, George.

    Great photo – it highlights the sparkle in George’s eyes. 🙂

  3. I liked the history lesson. Thank you.

    George looks very handsome in his special garb. I hope he enjoys sharing the feast day!

    • Thank you, Pamela, for the comment and George says thanks for the compliment. As for his way of celebrating St. George, I have a feeling that he’s planning to roast in the sun all day!

  4. George The Lad

    Great post from one George to another, I have a blog post up today about St George, well its more about me 😉 love the bandanny I know I’m a Welsh Terrier but I do live in England.
    Happy St Georges Day and a Happy Easter
    See Yea George xxx

  5. It was great learning about St George like this! Thanks for the lesson!

  6. Kas

    I could just kiss George’s cute nose in that picture, and I love his beautiful, expressive eyes.

    Happy Saint George’s Day and have a Happy Easter! 🙂

  7. George looks mighty proud to have Saint George as his namesake—he also looks very smart sporting the red and white colours of the flag. Hope you all enjoyed the festivities and celebrations!

    • George looks mighty proud every day, but he seems to think that wearing that bandana makes him more special, so he surely acts like he’s royalty. He doesn’t even beeing photographed in this situation, which is how I finally managed to take a decent shot of him. Thanks for your wishes. I’ve had a little glimpse at the photos in your new post – wonderful – and will leave a comment in a while. x

  8. Hey George – loved to meet you this morning on the blog hop! I’m Pet Peeves. I’m dismayed at how people mistreat pets and today I’m participating in the HOWL Heard Around the World. Stop by my blog and leave a comment so that the huskies and sled dogs didn’t die in vain.

    http://www.pet-peeves.org

  9. a great little history lesson. loved it.

  10. The name certainly rings of royalty! Nice!

  11. How lucky George is to share his name with a saint…..and what pretty eyes George has.

  12. George looks very festive for the holiday! He really has stunning eyes!

    We were reading about St. George’s Day on another blog today, too. I didn’t know a whole lot about it, but it sounds really interesting. I guess it’s hard to believe that there was a real George so long ago!

  13. Sara

    Happy belated Saint Georges Day, George! You look smashing! Loving mideval stuff as I do I have always liked the pictures of George and the dragon. But I never knew it was a hjliday celebrated in England. Thats sounds so cool and fun.

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