Saturday, 23 April 2011

Happy Feastday to all English men and women!

As so many bloggers have covered  Holy Saturday so well I hope I will be forgiven for flying the flag for St George whose feastday it is today, 23rd April.

Arm! arm! for the struggle approaches,
Prepare for the combat of life:
Saint George! be our watchword in battle,
Saint George! be our strength in the strife.

Great Saint, from the throne of thy splendour,
Look down on thy chosen isle,
Soon,soon may they share in thy glory,
Who faithfully strive her awhile.

The land of the love is a desert,
It s temples and altars are bare,
The finger of death is upon it,
The footprints of Satan are there.

Arise in the might of they power,
And scatter the foes of the Lord;
As the idols of Rome in their temple
Were crushed at the sound of thy word.

Oh, bring back the faith that we cherish,
For which thou hast nobly withstood
The tortures and rack of the tyrant,
That faith which thou seal'dst with thy blood.

H/T to Once I was a Clever Boy for the hymn to St George.


  1. I didn't even remember! Happy St George's day to you too!

  2. Surely it will have been transferred! ?

  3. Thank you! may St George aid you in any struggles this day.

  4. Ah. Actually St Geroge's day has been moved to 2nd May as it's triduum.

    Although Gregg over at A Brief Encounter is celebrating today.

  5. Stuart and Patricius - I never gave it a second thought! 23rd April will always be St George's day for me......and Catholic Online also :)