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Patronal Festival 22nd April – Evensong at 6pm for St George’s Day

Article posted on 8 April 2018 Leave a Comment

Celebrate our wonderfully mysterious, dragon-slaying patron saint, St George, at our Patronal Evensong on Sunday 22nd April.

Icon of St George by Jon Snogren

The history of St George is shrouded in legend, but the story goes that the fiesty young knight was riding through Libya when he encountered a fearsome beast living in a swamp on the outskirts of a city.  The beast, having eaten all the livestock in the vicinity, was requiring regular meals in the form of one city-dweller per day.  In order to keep the hungry beast from rampaging and helping itself, the citizens would draw lots to determine who should be sacrificed.

St George rode into the city on the day that the King’s daughter was about to be fed to the beast and promised to slay it if the whole city undertook to be baptised and take the Christian faith.   They did, and more than 15,000 were said to have been baptised when George killed the beast with his lance.  George rose to the dizzy heights of military tribune before falling foul of the Emperor for his refusal to make sacrifices to pagan gods.  He was imprisoned and is thought to have suffered a martyr’s death in the year 303.

A special evensong will commence at 18.00 and be followed by refreshments in the hall.

Everyone welcome.

 

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