Prayers to St. George
Prayer Intercession

St. George is a symbol of courage and valor, and the triumph of Good over Evil. By Andres Marsal de Saxe (late 1300s-early 1400s) dating c. 1400
Saint George and the Dragon, by Jacopo Tintoretto. about 1560

Saint George and the Dragon, by Jacopo Tintoretto. about 1560
This representation of the popular saint is unusual, in that the hero doesn't dominate the pictorial action. Instead, the princess he has saved runs out towards us, her pink cloak giving the scene a sense of vibrant energy from the start.



The intercession of saints is a common Christian doctrine for the majority of Eastern Orthodox, Oriental Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglican churches back to the time of the earliest church. While fundamentalist often challenge the practice of asking prayer intercession the Bible directs us to invoke those in heaven and ask them to pray for us.
"Bless the Lord, O you his angels, you mighty ones who do his word, hearkening to the voice of his word! Bless the Lord, all his hosts, his ministers that do his will!" (Ps. 103:20-21). The opening verses of Psalms 148 "Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him in the heights! Praise him, all his angels, praise him, all his host!"

"The twenty-four elders [the leaders of the people of God in heaven] fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and with golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints" (Rev. 5:8).

"Because he is the only God-man and the Mediator of the New Covenant, Jesus is the only mediator between man and God (1 Tim. 2:5), but this in no way means we cannot or should not ask our fellow Christians to pray with us and for us" (1 Tim. 2:1-4).

The early Church Fathers clearly recognized that those in heaven can and do intercede for us. They applied this biblical teaching in their daily prayer.

"A Christian people celebrates together in religious solemnity the memorials of the martyrs, both to encourage their being imitated and so that it can share in their merits and be aided by their prayers" (Against Faustus the Manichean [A.D. 400]).

"At the Lord's table we do not commemorate martyrs in the same way that we do others who rest in peace so as to pray for them, but rather that they may pray for us that we may follow in their footsteps" (Homilies on John 84 [A.D. 416]).

A patron is chosen by election as a special intercessor with God and is honored by clergy and people in special forms of religious observance. The term 'patron' must have the rank of a canonized saint be it applied to a church, a district, a country or a corporation.

Following are prayers to St. George patron saint of Great Britain, Boy Scouts and the Armed Forces.

St. George Prayer

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. Obtain for us the great grace of heroic Christian courage that should mark soldiers of Christ. Amen"


St. George Novena

Pray the following prayers for nine consecutive days:


Almighty and eternal God! With lively faith
and reverently worshipping Thy divine Majesty,
I prostrate myself before Thee and invoke with filial trust
Thy supreme bounty and mercy.
Illumine the darkness of my intellect with a ray of Thy heavenly light and inflame my heart with the fire of Thy Divine love, that I may contemplate the great virtues and merits of the Saint in whose honor I make this novena, and following his example imitate, like him, the life of Thy Divine Son.

Moreover, I beseech Thee to grant graciously, through the merits and intercession of this powerful Helper, the petition which through him
I humbly place before Thee, devoutly saving, "Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." Vouchsafe graciously to hear it, if it redounds to Thy greater glory and to the salvation of my soul. Amen.


Saint George Prayer

O GOD, who didst grant to Saint George strength and constancy in the various torments which he sustained for our holy faith; we beseech Thee to preserve, through his intercession, our faith from wavering and doubt, so that we may serve Thee with a sincere heart faithfully unto death. Through Christ our Lord.
Amen.


Invocation of Saint George - Prayers of Intercession

Faithful servant of God and invincible martyr, Saint George;
favored by God with the gift of faith, and inflamed with an ardent love of Christ, thou didst fight valiantly against the dragon of pride, falsehood, and deceit. Neither pain nor torture, sword nor death could part thee from the love of Christ. I fervently implore thee for the sake of this love to help me by thy intercession to overcome the temptations that surround me, and to bear bravely the trials that oppress me, so that I may patiently carry the cross which is placed upon me; and let neither distress nor difficulties separate me from the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Valiant champion of the Faith, assist me in the combat against evil, that I may win the crown promised to them that persevere unto the end.

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