Roman Catholic Saint. One of the most venerated saints of Christianity. He is remembered in connection with the legend about a dragon, which probably reflects his military career, adding traditional fantastical elements typical for the Middle Ages when the dragon was commonly used to represent evil. He is believed to have been born into a noble Christian family in the town of Lod, now in Israel. After his parents had died, George applied for a career as a soldier in the army of the Emperor Diocletian. When the Emperor issued an edict that every Christian soldier in the army should be arrested and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Pagan gods, George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and ruler, and in front of his fellow soldiers and Tribunes he claimed himself to be a Christian and declared his worship of Jesus Christ. Diocletian attempted to convert George, even offering gifts of land, money and slaves if he made a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Recognizing the futility of his efforts, Diocletian was left with no choice but to have him executed for his refusal. Before his execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself. After various torture sessions, including laceration on a wheel of swords which necessitated resuscitation three times, George was executed. St George is a Patron Saint of many countries around the world, including England, Greece, India, Iraq, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Serbia and Russia, as well as being the Patron Saint of soldiers, farmers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy and plague.
Bio by: julia&keld