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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Saint George's Feast Day

April 23rd: Feast Day of Saint George
Patron saint of England and also: soldiers, archers, cavalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and the Scouts.

Who was St. George?
Surely you've heard the story of the Saint who slayed the dragon to save the princess?  Well, that's him.  But here's a good history.

How to celebrate?
:-: Catholic Icing has some wonderfully fun craft ideas to celebrate.
:-: A large collection of ideas, activities, and recipes from a UK website.
:-: A Continual Feast (a great book and now a blog!) has a unique recipe: Creamed St. George's Day Mushrooms. (Why mushrooms?  You'll have to follow that link to find out!)
:-: Read M. Hodge's lovely picture book about St. George and the Dragon.  Or read his story from The Golden Legend (online) or this one, a bit easier to read.
:-: Make and hang a St. George's flag.
:-: Display some lovely red roses (the flower he offered the princess saved from the legendary dragon).
:-: Since George is the patron saint of England, enjoy some typically English dishes like Fish & Chips.
:-: Learn some facts about English history and/or geography - I'm partial to this interactive map.

A prayer:
O GOD, who didst grant to Saint George strength and constancy in the various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


Teri said...

Kerry, I love your blog. I just wanted to thank you for keeping it.

Amy said...

Thanks for the reminder!!! I appreciate all the ideas!