Pray for England and the United Kingdom and for all the other countries and regions who have the saint as their Patron. These include Georgia, Malta and Gozo, Romania, Aragon and Catalonia.
Pray too for all those others who hold the Saint in high regard, including the Orthodox, Catholics, Anglicans, the Syro-Malabar Church and Copts. George is honoured also by many Muslims and Jews, not least in the shrine of Beit Jala.
Pray that under his inspiration there may be peace between nations and communities: pray that we may all seek to live true to God, and at the service of our neighbour.
Pray and – who knows – next year, today may be a Bank Holiday!
God of hosts,
who so kindled the fire of charity
in the heart of St George your martyr
that he bore witness to the risen Lord
both by his life and by his death,
grant us through his intercession, we pray,
The same faith and power or love,
that we who rejoice in his triumph
may be led to share with him
in the fullness of the Resurrection.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
Figure from war memorial, Lichfield Cathedral. (c) 2017, Allen Morris.
Prayer from the Roman Missal.