Holy George

Today is St George’s Day and as I live in St George’s Cross, I feel as though I should make some effort to mark the fact.

There is a statue of him just around the corner from me. His iconography is as usual here – beardless, riding on a horse and slaying a dragon.

There is supposed to be an ancient coptic text which describes George as someone who did not know in life that “Christ was keeping him as a pure virginal bridegroom for himself”.

Whoever he was and however he would have described himself, he has become one of the most venerated saints in the world. I’ve met Muslims who had a strong affection for him.

Anyway, today is his day. So, Holy George, Saint George, Soldier George, Boy George…we salute you.

St George of Glasgow

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