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Among the Greeks, St. George is  called “the Great Martyr,” and his feast is kept as a holy day of obligation.  The devotion to him can be traced at least to the 5th century.  But, one of the oldest churches in Constantinople is dedicated to his honor at an earlier date, which would be much earlier.  Ancient heretics have cast much obscurity over his life.  It is told that he suffered martyrdom during the persecution under Diocletian at Nicomedia in the 4th century.  He was said to be a soldier so his intercession is asked especially in battles.  He was chosen as Patron Saint of England and Edward III instituted an order of knighthood in his honor.  He is usually represented as being in battle with a dragon.  He died about the year 303.

FEAST DAY:  April 23

PATRON OF:  Soldiers, Boy Scouts

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