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Solemnity: Saint George's Day

Updated: May 11, 2023

St. George's Day has a long history in the Church of England, dating back to the 13th century. It was declared a feast day in England by the Council of Oxford in 1222, and was later included in the liturgical calendar of the Church of England. In the Middle Ages, St. George was revered as a warrior saint who protected England from its enemies, and his image was often used in religious art and architecture.

St. George's Day is particularly significant for the Church of England, as St. George is the patron saint of England and is also honored as a martyr and a great saint in the Christian tradition.

Window dedicated to St George in St Luke's Church Family Chapel.

Today, St. George's Day is still celebrated in many churches across England with special services and hymns. The story of St. George and the dragon is often retold, and the lessons of courage, selflessness, and faith are highlighted. Some churches also hold special events for children, such as dragon-themed crafts or games, to help them learn about the legend of St. George.

Beyond the Church, St. George's Day has become an important national holiday in England. It is a day for celebrating England's cultural heritage and traditions, and is often marked by parades, festivals, and other public events. Many people wear the red and white colors of the English flag, and traditional English foods and drinks are often enjoyed.

In recent years, there has been renewed interest in St. George's Day as a way of promoting English identity and patriotism. Some people argue that the day should be given more official recognition, such as a national holiday, to help strengthen national unity and pride. However, others have raised concerns about the potential for the day to be used for political or exclusionary purposes, and have called for a more inclusive approach to celebrating English culture and heritage.

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