Monday, September 26, 2022

St George’s Day Service

THE annual Mayor’s St George’s Day service will be held on Sunday, 22 April, at St. Peter and St. Paul’s Parish Church, High Street, Grays at 4pm.

This year’s service will be a little different as there will be a small parade of veterans and other organisations carrying their standards from the nearby Civic Offices in New Road to the church

Both the service and parade are open to the public and those coming are advised to be at the church by 3.45pm.

Following the service, there will be light refreshments in the church hall.


  1. Never really understood why we celebrate St George.
    If any it should be St Edmund, at least he was a local King and not a Roman mercenary Syrian born soldier!
    He’s very popular in N. Essex and Suffolk.

  2. I hope as many people as possible may attend to celebrate England’s National Day Church Service in Thurrock.

  3. I agree with jmw118.
    We need our own patron saint.
    St George is patron saint not only of England but also of Aragon, Catalonia, Georgia, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, Germany and Greece; and of Moscow, Istanbul, Genoa and Venice … He’s also patron saint of soldiers, archers, cavalry and chivalry, farmers and field workers, riders and saddlers, and he helps those suffering from leprosy, plague and syphilis.

    A little bit of info:
    Born in Turkey, Saint George is somewhat of an exception among saints and legends, in that he is known and venerated by Muslims, as well as Christians throughout the Middle East, from Egypt to Asia Minor. His stature in these regions derives from the fact that his figure has become somewhat of a composite character mixing elements from Biblical, Quranic and folkloric sources, at times being partially identified with Al-Khidr. He is said to have killed a dragon near the sea in Beirut and at the beginning of the 20th century Muslim women used to visit his shrine in the area to pray to him.

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