St George's Day flags fly across our Diocese

Flags of St George are flying from our churches, minsters and cathedrals today in honour of England's patron saint.

Many special services and parades will be held on Sunday, April 28, when uniformed youth movements including Scouts, Guides, Cubs and Brownies will join civic leaders, such as at Bradford Cathedral, which will hold its service at 12pm, attended by the city's Lord Mayor.

St George is first mentioned by the Venerable Bede in the 8th Century and rose to the position of the primary patron saint of England during the Reformation in the 16th Century and is famously named in Shakespeare’s Henry V, prior to the battle of Agincourt: "Follow your spirit, and upon this charge Cry 'God for Harry, England, and Saint George!'"

Religious observance of St. George's Day changes when it is too close to Easter.

While the secular world celebrates today, according to the Church of England's calendar, when St. George's Day falls between Palm Sunday and the Second Sunday of Easter inclusive, the Church's official date is moved to the Monday after the Second Sunday of Easter - Monday, April 29.

The Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn promised in his 2017 manifesto to make St George's Day one of four new Bank Holidays.

 

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