St. George's Evensong

Sunday, April 30, 5:00 pm

Procession Starts at 4:45 pm

All are welcome to join in this annual celebration of our Anglican and British heritage.

The service begins with the procession around the Cathedral with the Cameron Highlanders Pipe Band and Scottish dancers. Representatives and groups of the territories of the United Kingdom join us, as do children carrying a slain dragon - made of bread! The service continues with glorious music in the grandest style of Anglican worship sung by the Cathedral Choristers accompanied by organ, brass and timpani, and featuring the favorite hymn, Jerusalem. A sumptuous high tea follows in the Cathedral's Great Hall. Invite your Friends!

Who is St. George? George is the patron saint of England by declaration of King Edward II in 1347. He is remembered as a martyr, having given his life in witness to the gospel during the persecution of the church in the early fourth century. It is said that he "gave his goods to the poor and openly confessed Christianity before the court." Very few details of his life have survived and his story is replete with legend. An infamous story of George slaying a dragon probably developed from Greek mythology. A soldier by vocation, George was recognized as the patron saint of soldiers in the twelfth century and was called upon in support of those who fought in the Crusades. The shield under which his soldiers fought became a symbol of national pride for England and in time was adapted into the national flag. The shield is also the basis of the Episcopal Church flag and seal. (adapted from "Holy Women, Holy Men: Celebrating the Saints")