April 23rd was celebrated for centuries as the Feast Day of St. George. However, an article in the latest edition of The Christian Century relates how the festivals and flags of our school’s namesake have become popular again — at least in England.
“If you visit England today, the red cross of St. George is a ubiquitous patriotic symbol, and April 23 is a very special commemoration,” writes author Philip Jenkins in the article. “It does not hurt that this also marks both the birthday of that epitome of Englishness, William Shakespeare, as well as the anniversary of his death. Naturally, we assume, these flags and fetes are a remnant of medieval times. They are not, and it might be surprising to learn just how recent this Georgian pageantry actually is.”
Read the full article on “The Resurrection of St George in England”.