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Saint George and the Dragon
by Joseph H Ficor   
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Last edited: Sunday, April 08, 2007
Posted: Sunday, April 08, 2007

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A brief description of the legend of Saint George and the Dragon.

I always heard about the legend of Saint George and the dragon, but I never knew the details. (Saint George's Day is April 23.) I looked it up and here is a summary of what I learned.

According to the legend, a place called Silene (located somewhere in Libya-most likely Cyrene) was being cursed by a dragon that caused plagues. The citizens of the region appeased the dragon by sacrificing a sheep and a virgin to it everyday. (The virgins were chosen by lot.) One day, the king's daughter was chosen to be sacrificed. He offered half his kingdom and huge amounts of gold to his daughter spared. The people refused. The poor girl was dressed as a bride and taken to the lake where the dragon lived. Saint George heard about this and rode on horseback to the lake. The dragon appeared while he and the girl were talking. George made a sign of the cross and seriously wounded the monster with his lance. George told the princess to use her girdle as a leash for the dragon. She did so and the monster followed her like a pet. They led it back to the city. George said that he would slay the monster if everyone became Christians. Everyone, seeing how George tamed the beast, became Christians. George then killed the dragon.

Now we may never have the chance to defeat a real dragon to save a kingdom, but we have a God who has given us spiritual armor (Ephesians 6:10-18 ) to defeat the designs of Satan. We have a blessed hope that our Knight will come to save our fallen world once and for all from the evil clutches of Satan and his hellish hordes (Revelation 19:11-21). God bless and take comfort in this-the dragon is defeated.

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