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Between the HHS mandate and all the other rubbish going on these days, it is quite fitting that I finally had a few hours to myself to finish the Saint George drawing I had been working on...for months. I hope I didn't disappoint when it came to kicking this already awesome saint up a few notches.

Well, here it is:
Saint George
Medium: Sharpie markers and ink on paper
This is what it originally looked like:
So glad I took a risk with adding color!
The story of Saint George is one of courage as well as faith. He was a soldier under the rule of the Emperor Diocletian. Saint George's father was an extremely well respected soldier, so Diocletian was pretty excited to have Saint George join his ranks when he came of age. He became known for his bravery as a member of the imperial guard. Now around 300AD, Diocletian decided to issue an edict for the arrest of all Christians. Saint George openly rebuked this edict before the Emperor and openly declared himself as a Christian even though he knew that it would likely lead to his death. Diocletian did not want to get rid of one of his best soldiers, so he attempted to persuade Saint George to renounce his faith...going so far as to resort to bribery. Saint George did not back down. He did not back down with threats. He did not back down with torture. He did not back down under threat of death. Ultimately, he was beheaded for his faith and quickly became one of the most well-known saints of the middle ages. 

People sought his intercession for protection and help confronting all sorts of dragons. Contrary to the image presented here, Saint George did not necessarily slay a dragon per se. The dragon is mainly used to represent the ultimate defeat of evil at the hands of those who are good and strong in faith. It also symbolizes our struggles with inner demons/dragons in our day-to-day life. Intercessory prayers through Saint George are quite popular even today. (For all you fellow anglophiles out there, Saint George also happens to be the patron saint of England...which is AWESOME.)

Here's a version of the Saint George prayer...feel free to try it out if you have any of your own inner demons in need of a good, old-fashioned thrashing.

St. George, heroic Catholic Soldier and defender of Your faith, you dared to criticize a tyrannical Emperor, and were subjected to horrible torture. You could have occupied a high military position, but you preferred to die for your Lord.
Good St. George, obtain for us the great grace of heroic Christian courage that should mark all soldiers of Christ.

Pax Vobiscum

6 comments:

  1. Beautiful! I am sharing on my blog.

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    1. Thank you! I am such a big fan of your work...so this is quite an honor!

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  3. Wow, that's really wonderful. I knew you were a good painter. But your drawing is superb!

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    1. Thank you...it only makes me wonder what my next drawing/painting will look like!

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