Saint of the Day for April 23: Saint George
Saint George’s Story: Saint George is the object of a vast amount of imagination. There is every reason to believe that he was a real martyr who suffered at Lydda in Palestine, probably before the time of Constantine
The Church adheres to his memory, but not to the legends surrounding his life.
That he was willing to pay the supreme price to follow Christ is what the Church believes.
And it is enough.
The story of George’s slaying the dragon, rescuing the king’s daughter, and converting Libya is a 12th-century Italian fable.
George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times
He is a patron saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa, Milan and Bologna.