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Today’s Saint – St. George. Pray for us! George was born to a Gerontius and Po…

Today’s Saint – St. George. Pray for us!

George was born to a Gerontius and Polychronia, a Roman officer and a Greek native of Lydda. Both were Christians from noble families of the Anici and George, Georgios in the original Greek, was raised to follow their faith. When George was old enough, Diocletian’s army welcomed him, and by his late 20’s, he became a Tribunus and served as an imperial guard for the Emperor at Nicomedia.

On February 24, 303, Diocletian, who hated Christians, announced that the army would arrest ever Christian that passed by and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George refused to abide by the order. When George announced his beliefs before his peers, Diocletian was unable to keep the news to himself. In an effort to save George, Diocletian attempted to convert him to believe in the Roman gods, offered him land, money, and slaves in exchange for providing a sacrifice to the Roman gods, and made several other offers that George refused.

Finally, after exhausting all other options, Diocletian ordered George’s execution. In preparation for his death, George gave his money to the poor and then sent for several torture sessions. He was lacerated on a wheel of swords and required resuscitation three times, but still, George did not turn from God.

On April 23, 303, Diocletian, before Nicomedia’s outer wall, had George decapitated. His body was sent to Lydda for burial, and other Christians went to honor George as a martyr. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is the Patron Saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa, and Venice, along with Boy Scouts and Soldiers.

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Today’s Saint – St. George. Pray for us!

George was born to a Gerontius and Polychronia, a Roman officer and a Greek native of Lydda. Both were Christians from noble families of the Anici and George, Georgios in the original Greek, was raised to follow their faith. When George was old enough, Diocletian’s army welcomed him, and by his late 20’s, he became a Tribunus and served as an imperial guard for the Emperor at Nicomedia.

On February 24, 303, Diocletian, who hated Christians, announced that the army would arrest ever Christian that passed by and every other soldier should offer a sacrifice to the Roman gods. George refused to abide by the order. When George announced his beliefs before his peers, Diocletian was unable to keep the news to himself. In an effort to save George, Diocletian attempted to convert him to believe in the Roman gods, offered him land, money, and slaves in exchange for providing a sacrifice to the Roman gods, and made several other offers that George refused.

Finally, after exhausting all other options, Diocletian ordered George’s execution. In preparation for his death, George gave his money to the poor and then sent for several torture sessions. He was lacerated on a wheel of swords and required resuscitation three times, but still, George did not turn from God.

On April 23, 303, Diocletian, before Nicomedia’s outer wall, had George decapitated. His body was sent to Lydda for burial, and other Christians went to honor George as a martyr. George was a favorite patron saint of crusaders, as well as of Eastern soldiers in earlier times. He is the Patron Saint of England, Portugal, Germany, Aragon, Catalonia, Genoa, and Venice, along with Boy Scouts and Soldiers.

#catholic #catholics #catholicfaith #catholicsaint #catholicsaints #todayssaint #saintoftheday #romancatholic #romancatholics #romancatholicsaint

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CONGRATULATIONS TO DEACON ERIC BANECKER

 Deacon Banecker will be ordained a priest on Saturday, May 19th, 2018 at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Father Banecker will celebrate his first Mass on Sunday, May 20th, 2018 at Epiphany of Our Lord Church at 3:00 PM. A reception will follow at Our Lady of Hope Regional School. All are welcome who wish to congratulate Fr. Eric Banecker.

2018 ANNUAL PEACE BANQUET Honoring St. Francis Inn Ministries

For decades, St. Francis Inn Ministries has provided help, shelter, food, and clothing to the poor and disenfranchised of North Philadelphia. Recently, they have been on the front lines in ministering to victims of opioid addiction. We will have their dedication to the poor among us.

With special recognition of Mr. Joseph Bradley who is a longtime member of the St. Rita Shrine and Augustinian Community. A committed Peacemaker Joe has worked tirelessly to promote peace and reconciliation for his participation in the Catholic Peace fellowship to over 50 years of prison ministry.

The Banquet will be on Friday, May 4th, 2018 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm at IATSE BALLROOM, 2401 S. Swanson Street, Phila., PA 19148. Call St. Rita’s at 215-546-8333 for more information