Thursday, April 23, 2009

Saint George the Great

Troparion for St. George
Liberator of captives, defender of the poor, physician of the sick, and champion of kings, O trophy-bearer, Great Martyr George, intercede with Christ God that our souls be saved.

Today marks the feast of St. George, the dragon slayer. My apologies for not posting on this earlier, but I have been debating about which saints to include apart from the great feasts and fast periods and finally decided that this one is too good to pass up.

Activity suggestions for the day:
  • Read/tell the story about St. George and read the Troparion with children (or sing it if you know how!)
  • Read Margaret Hodges children's version of the story. It is very beautifully illustrated and is a favorite with our children.
  • Make a St. George costume out of household items. Simply cut out a sword and shield out of cardboard and cover in foil. Paint a red cross on the foil covered shield. The kids will love it. Painting on foil is quite the novelty.
  • Finally, put those costumes on and put on a play!
Fun facts: St. George was a relatively minor saint until 8th century England when his story was translated into English (or Anglo-Saxon to be more proper). He was later adopted as patron saint of soldiers and became, known as the patron saint of England in the 14th century. In honor of England, why not have a good ol' English pub dinner. Bangers and mash. Steak and kidney pie. Whatever sounds good. And don't forget a pint of Ale (well, for you, that is)!

1 comment:

Jen said...

I'm glad you have resurrected this blog. I just read your post on scheduling. We have gotten away from our schedule and need to get back to it. Or actually re-vamp our schedule. I echo your feeling of being overwhelmed, frustrated etc.