Leigh Hatts  


St George’s Day in Southwark poster

Today is St George’s Day.

St George is patron of England, Moscow & lots of other places.

“Of course, St George was not English and never came here,” said Dean of Southwark Andrew Nunn in a sermon yesterday.

“He’s not exclusively ours and in fact is Patron Saint in one way or another of 24 countries, more than probably any other saint. People think that he was Palestinian but no one’s certain.

Palestinians do honour George who some say was Syrian.

Beirut, Catalonia, and Genoa also has celebrations today.

Moscow honours its patron saint on another date.

St George is patron of Scouts and several professions.

In England celebrations continue in Southwark with open air theatre  this afternoon and Mass at St George’s Cathedral this evening.


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