We are also open during the week!

Visit us between Tuesday and Sunday; it is a nice way to set aside a few moments with the Lord.

To speak with our pastoral team, please call the office at 514 866 7113.

Church Office Hours: Tuesday to Friday 9:00 am to 4:30 pm.

Le secrétariat est ouvert du mardi au vendredi inclus, de 9H00 à 16H30.


 

 

Our History

St. George's Anglican Church

Photo: T. Hadley

 

Witnessing God since 1843

  St. George’s opened in 1843 on what is now Notre-Dame Street, just outside the city walls. The present building was opened for worship on October 9, 1870. Ever since that time, St. George’s has been a lively and active downtown parish. St. George’s is renowned for its fine choir, traditional liturgy and Biblical preaching, and attracts people from both downtown and from across the greater Montréal area. Both St. Jude’s Church and the Church of the Advent chose to join St. George’s when their churches were closed. In these pages, we will talk about the history of the building and of the life in years past. We will also talk about the history of parishes that have joined St. George’s in recent years.


Who is St. George?

St. George is the protector of women and a model of chivalry. His existence, however, is disputed. One tradition preserved in the Golden Legend says that he was a late 3rd-century Roman centurion of Cappadocia, Asia Minor, a Christian in the service of a pagan emperor. Travelling through Libya he found the inhabitants of the city of Silene (in other versions, Beirut of the Levant) living in the terror of a dragon which had eaten their sheep and could only be appeased by the daily sacrifice of a maiden.

The king's beautiful daughter, Cleolinda was waiting her turn to be the dragon's next victim. She was dressed as a bride and was standing at the mouth of the dragon's cave by the sea. George rode up on his white charger, overcame the dragon, bound it with the princess's girdle, and told her to lead it back to the city. Her father and 15,000 of his people were astounded by their miraculous deliverance and agreed to become Christians. George then killed the dragon. He then went on to Palestine where he refused to recognize the divinity of Emperor Diocletian. He was dragged along the highway by wild horses, then roasted and finally beheaded.

St. George is the patron of Venice, Genoa, Portugal, Catalonia and Greece. He replaced St. Edward the Confessor as patron saint of England in 1222 after the Crusades, when he appeared to Richard LionHeart before the siege of Antioch and promised him victory. The cry, "St. George for England", also proved effective in enabling Edward III (1327-1377) to beat the French. His red cross represents England on the Union Jack, and his feast day, April 23, is the English National Day. The St. George's Channel (or Irish Sea) is so named because he is said to have visited England by that route. As patron of the Order of the Garter, he is sometimes shown in the robes of that Order. The church where the members' banners are placed, St. George's Chapel, Windsor, is dedicated to him. He is one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers, a group of saints who were especially responsive to prayers for help in recovery from illness and for those who prayed for an easy death.

 

Credits for the information on this page are given to the Religious Heritage Foundation.

 

 

 
 

 

 

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