Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Post-It Note Tuesday!

Happy St. George's Day to those in the UK!

I didn't know so looked it up:

According to the Golden Legend, the narrative episode of Saint George and the Dragon took place in a place he called "Silene", in Libya; the Golden Legend is the first to place this legend in Libya as a sufficiently exotic locale, where a dragon might be found. In the tenth-century Georgian narrative, the place is the fictional city of Lasia, and it is the godless Emperor who is Selinus.

The town had a pond, as large as a lake, where a plague-bearing dragon dwelled that envenomed all the countryside. To appease the dragon, the people of Silene used to feed it two sheep every day, and when the sheep failed, they fed it their children, chosen by lottery. It happened that the lot fell on the king's daughter, who is in some versions of the story called Sadra. The king, distraught with grief, told the people they could have all his gold and silver and half of his kingdom if his daughter were spared; the people refused. The daughter was sent out to the lake, dressed as a bride, to be fed to the dragon.

Saint George by chance rode past the lake. The princess, trembling, sought to send him away, but George vowed to remain. The dragon reared out of the lake while they were conversing. Saint George fortified himself with the sign of the cross, charged it on horseback with his lance, and gave it a grievous wound. He then called to the princess to throw him her girdle, and he put it around the dragon's neck. When she did so, the dragon followed the girl like a meek beast on a leash.

The princess and Saint George led the dragon back to the city of Silene, where it terrified the people at its approach. But Saint George called out to them, saying that if they consented to become Christians and be baptised, he would slay the dragon before them. The king and the people of Silene converted to Christianity, George slew the dragon, and the body was carted out of the city on four ox-carts. "Fifteen thousand men baptized, without women and children." On the site where the dragon died, the king built a church to the Blessed Virgin Mary and Saint George, and from its altar a spring arose whose waters cured all disease.

Traditionally, the sword with which St. George slew the dragon was called Ascalon, a name recalling the city of Ashkelon, Israel. From this tradition, the name Ascalon was used by Winston Churchill for his personal aircraft during World War II (records at Bletchley Park), since St. George is the Patron Saint of England.


SueAnn Lommler said...

Have fun playing!!

And get well soon.

Intense Guy said...

Feel well soon - what you have doesn't sound too good...


Gail said...

Happy Tuesday!
Feel better soon!

Alison Scott said...

Hope you feel better soon.
Have fun playing and drooling!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Jeanie, sorry your not so good, hope you feel better soon, Kate x

Rita said...

Funny how it's always the King's children that get rescued. What about all the poor peasant children who were sacrificed. And if the dragon was now passively following around the princess, why did they need to kill it? this is why my mother wouldn't read me fairy tales--ROFL!

Hope you're feeling better soon and did something fun today. :)

AliceKay said...

Hope you're feeling better now.

Garden of Egan said...

Get feeling better. Send some of those warmer temps our way please!

Enjoy drooling over the SU catalog. I look forward to seeing what you keep up with.

Jennifer - The Deliberate Mom said...

Sorry to hear you're sick again. I hope you get over it quickly!

"Zomiesque" LOL - creepy.

Wishing you a lovely day!