Meet St George! I had the opportunity to get out for a day and see some sights in my travels. One of our first stops in the Holy Land was the ancient Orthodox Church of St George known for its well preserved 6th century Mosaic Map unearthed in the 19th century (which can be seen here.)
This short "pilgrimage" was certainly the highlight and a spiritual renewal of my time so far in the desert!
In case you don't know about St George the following is from Catholic.org.:
"Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for wickedness. The lady stands for God's holy truth. St. George was a brave martyr who was victorious over the devil.
He was a soldier in the army of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, and he was one of the Emperor's favorite soldiers. Now Diocletianwas a pagan and a bitter enemy to the Christians. He put to death every Christian he could find. George was a brave Christian, a real soldier of Christ. Without fear, he went to the Emperor and sternly scolded him for being so cruel. Then he gave up his position in the Roman army. For this he was tortured in many terrible ways and finally beheaded.
So boldly daring and so cheerful was St. George in declaring hisFaith and in dying for it that Christians felt courage when they heard about it. Many songs and poems were written about this martyr. Soldiers, especially, have always been devoted to him."