Friday, April 23, 2010

England Expects

Thought I’d put the flag out today as it is Saint George’s Day.

the flag of Saint GeorgeSaint George is not only the patron saint of England. He is also the patron saint of Aragon, Catalonia, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Bteghrine, Cáceres, Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Pomorie, Qormi, Lod and Moscow, Scouting, as well as a wide range of professions, organizations and disease sufferers.

He is best known for the slaying of the Dragon, but since he is the very stuff of myth and legend just what does that Dragon symbolise?

There should also be plenty of crosses to count in two weeks time. I understand that the Redbridge council election votes will be counted on Friday afternoon, May 7th, while the parliamentary counts start the previous evening.

1 comment:

  1. Did you know that ....

    St. George is the Patron Saint of Soldiers and thus of The Crusaders - which is where the current English flag originates; the red cross on white was the Crusaders' 'uniform'.

    There were THREE Patron Saints of Southern Britain and/or the English prior to St. George:

    St. Alban - for the Romano-Britons
    St. Edmund - for the Anglo-Saxons
    St. Edward the Confessor - for the Normans

    The Saxons and Normans continued to recognise different Saints until King Edward III obtained the consent of the Pope to 'unify' the people of England under one Saint - thus we acquired ST. GEORGE, as he was already known to the returning Crusaders.