April 23 – Saint George: Patron Saint of Bosnia, England, Ethiopia

Saint George, Patron Saint of England (Feast Date: April 23)

Extract from St. George “St. George was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor’s favorite soldiers. Now Diocletian was a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded.” See picture of Saint George.


Saint George, Patron Saint of Bosnia (Feast Date: Apr 23)

Extract from Saint George: “Saint George is the patron England, Germany, Catalonia and Valencia; Portugal, Cyprus, Greece, Georgia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Republic of Macedonia, and the cities of Moscow in Russia, Genova in Italy, and many others. St George’s Day is celebrated in Albania and Kosovo as well and they celebrated on the 6th of May and is called Shen Gjergji or Shengjergji and is a day where people celebrate the blessing of God. St. George’s Day is known as the Feast of St. George by Palestinians and is celebrated in the Monastery of St. George in al-Khader, near Bethlehem. In the General Calendar of the Roman Rite the feast of Saint George is on April 23.”

Saint George, Patron Saint of Ethiopia (Feast Date: April 23)

Extract from Saints.SQPN.com >> Blog Archive >> Saint George: “Saint George, also known as Victory Bringer. Profile – Soldier. Martyr. That’s all we know for sure. Several stories have been attached to Saint George, the best known of which is the Golden Legend. In it, a dragon lived in a lake near Silena, Libya. Whole armies had gone up against this fierce creature, and had gone down in painful defeat. The monster ate two sheep each day; when mutton was scarce, lots were drawn in local villages, and maidens were substituted for sheep. Into this country came Saint George. Hearing the story on a day when a princess was to be eaten, he crossed himself, rode to battle against the serpent, and killed it with a single blow with his lance. George then held forth with a magnificent sermon, and converted the locals. Given a large reward by the king, George distributed it to the poor, and then rode away. The celebrated Knights of the Garter are actually Knights of the Order of Saint George. The shrine built for his relics at Lydda, Palestine was a popular point of pilgrimage for centuries. Died – tortured and beheaded c.304 at Lydda, Palestine.”

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. George on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:


Flooding in England
(November, 2009) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 23 – December 6, 2009.

Genocidal massacre in Bosnia (1995) (Ongoing mourning) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: August 17 – September 13, 2009.

Flash Floods in Ethiopia (November, 2008) (Africa) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: November 24 – December 7, 2008.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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