SAINT GEORGE MINISTRY
We are called Saint George Ministry due to the fact that Saint George is the Patron Saint of England, the country in which we are located. Many people think that Saint George was a famous Dragon slayer. This is nothing but legend and myth and was a later adaption of the legend of Saint George. As far as can be ascertained Saint George was actually a Roman Soldier. This is another reason why we have decided to call our ministry after him, as we are located in Gloucester in England, which was the home of a large Roman Garrison during the Roman occupation of England.
Another reason for our ministry taking his name is that he was actually martyred for his Faith. The story goes that Saint George was a officer in the Roman Army. He was a Christian and the Roman Emperor at the time was a devout Pagan and ordered George to make sacrifices to the Roman Pagan gods. George refused to do so, and as a result was eventually tortured and killed. At no time did he renounce his Faith. He died for his beliefs. He was a man of honour and belief. It is due to this that we are proud to adopt his name as our ministry name. We take honour in his name not because he worshipped a particular god but due to the fact that he was a man of Faith and principle and honour.
As stated in our Tenets of Faith we believe that it doesn't matter what or who you call your god.
During the middle ages Saint George was considered to be a Saint who could be called upon for protection. He was known as one of "The Fourteen Holy Helpers".
Saint George was canonised in AD 494 by Pope Gelasius.
A feast day for Saint George has been celebrated in England for hundreds of years on the 23rd April, which was possibly the date of his martyrdom. Therefore the 23rd April each year is what we know as St Georges' Day. A date that our ministry honours each year.
We are therefore proud and honoured to call ourselves Saint George Ministry.