Saint Brigid Religious Education
100 Mayflower Street
West Hartford, CT 06110
Feast day: April 23
Patron of England & Catalonia
Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a
beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for
God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over
He 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.
So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring his Faith
and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about
it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers,
especially, have always been devoted to him.
We all have some "dragon" we have to conquer. It might be pride, or
anger, or laziness, or greediness, or something else. Let us make sure
we fight against these "dragons", with God's help. Then we can call
ourselves real soldiers of Christ.