St George’s Day

Saturday 24th April is St George’s Day the Patron Saint of England. Saint George, was, according to tradition, a Roman soldier from Syria Palaestina and a priest in the Guard of Diocletian, who is venerated as a Christian martyr.

It is likely that Saint George was born to a Christian noble family in Lod, Syria Palaestina during the late third century between about 275 AD and 285 AD, and he died in Nicomedia His father, Gerontius, was a Roman army official from Cappadocia and his mother was from Palestine. They were both Christians and from noble families of Anici, so by this the child was raised with Christian beliefs. They decided to call him Georgius (Latin) or Geōrgios (Greek), meaning “worker of the land”. At the age of 14, George lost his father; a few years later, George’s mother, Polychronia, died. Eastern accounts give the names of his parents as Anastasius and Theobaste.
 
George decided to go to Nicomedia, the imperial city of that time, and present himself to Emperor Diocletian to apply for a career as a soldier. Diocletian welcomed him with open arms, as he had known his father, Gerontius — one of his finest soldiers. By his late 20s, George was promoted to the rank of Tribunus and stationed as an imperial guard of the Emperor at Nicomedia.
 
In the year AD 302, Diocletian (influenced by Galerius) 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. But George objected and with the courage of his faith approached the Emperor and ruler. Diocletian was upset, not wanting to lose his best Tribune and the son of his best official, Gerontius. George loudly renounced the Emperor’s edict, 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. The Emperor made many offers, but George never accepted.
 
Recognizing the futility of his efforts, Diocletian was left with no choice but to have him executed for his refusal. Before the execution George gave his wealth to the poor and prepared himself, George was executed by decapitation before Nicomedia’s city wall, on April 23, 303. A witness of his suffering convinced Empress Alexandra and Athanasius, a pagan priest, to become Christians as well, and so they joined George in martyrdom. His body was returned to Lydda in Palestine for burial, where Christians soon came to honour him as a martyr.

Good Friday

Friday 22nd April 2011 is Good Friday. It was the day on which Jesus died, It is the Friday before Easter Sunday and is a religious day on which Christians commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death. It is believed that lord died on Good Friday and was resurrected on Easter Sunday. Good Friday is called so because Christians believe that Jesus sacrificed his life for the benefit of  humanity and good of everyone.

Daily Mail Royal Weddings DVD

There was a DVD recently with the Mail Newspaper entitled “Happy & Glorious – Royal Weddings on Film” to commemorate the upcoming wedding of HRH Prince William & Catherine Middleton on the 29th April at Westminster Abbey.

The DVD  features the weddings of Queen Elizabeth & Prince Philip in 1947, aswell as the more recent wedding of Prince Charles & Lady Diana Spencer (Princess Diana) in 1981. There may also be a few copies available on Ebay or madbid, It will be a nice souvenir of the event

Maundy Thursday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s birthday

Maundy Thursday is also known as Holy Thursday, Covenant Thursday, Great & Holy Thursday, and Thursday of Mysteries,

It is the Christian feast or holy day falling on the Thursday before Easter that commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus Christ with the Apostles as described in the Canonical gospels. It is the fifth day of Holy Week, and is preceded by Holy Wednesday. 

It is followed by the Easter Triduum of Good Friday, Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday which commemorate the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Jesus

The Maundy Thursday celebrations in the United Kingdom today involve the Monarch (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II) offering “alms”, to deserving senior citizens (one man and one woman for each year of the sovereign’s age). These coins are known as Maundy money or Royal Maundy and are distributed in red and white purses.

This custom dates back to King Edward I. The red purse contains regular currency and is given in place of food and clothing. The white purse contains currency in the amount of one penny for each year of the Sovereign’s age.

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In addition to being Maudy Thursday, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II also celebrates her birthday on April 21st, However the official celebrations for the Queens Birthday won’t take place until June 11th in order to take advantage of the better weather (Although the weather here is gorgeous at the moment), and to celebrate the event, the annual “Trooping of the Colour” is held annually, which is always spectacularly magnificent.

The Foo Fighters – Wasting Light

Today I Have been listening to some of the songs from the Foo Fighters latest album “Wasting Light”. It’s awesome I think It totally rocks , so I would like to get it ASAP. Here is the track listing