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Follow your spirit, and upon this charge…

England’s favourite Roman-Greek dragon slayer grants us licence this day to drink beer and make appropriate Shakespeare quotes.

20 comments to Follow your spirit, and upon this charge…

  • Mr Ed

    Saint Edmund is a far better (and the original) Patron Saint, as the Danes said at the time ‘They don’t like it up ’em‘. A real King and a martyr, he only has the implausibility of a wolf with hiccups in his legend. But 20th November is usually a miserable day at a dark time of year.

  • Thailover

    I kinda like Santa, aka St. Nicholas, the patron saint of whores.

  • Snorri Godhi

    I second Mr Ed; but as for my favorite patron saint, i’d pick St. Patron, the patron saint of all patron saints (canonized by Monty Python).

    Even better would be a patron saint of my own morbid imagination: St. Russell of Monmouth, the patron saint of all saints who (unlike St. Patron et al) are not patrons of themselves.

    The meaning of the 2nd paragraph is left as an exercise to the reader.

  • Paul Marks

    Happy Saint George’s Day to you to Perry.

    I tend to agree with Mr Ed – Saint Edmund would have made a better patron saint for England (Saint George was from Cappadocia – if he existed at all), but we are where we are and (yes) April 23 tends to be better than November 20th.

  • pete

    English people don’t really do nationalism like other countries.

    There is no need for it.

    I am spending the day quietly after crossing off another day on my countdown to Brexit wallchart.

  • terence patrick hewett

    The Patron Saint of the English is St Augustine.
    The Patron Saint of the Scots is St Columba.
    The Patron Saint of the Welsh is St David.
    The Patron Saint of the Irish is St Patrick.
    The Patron Saint of the Cornish is St Piran.

    Of course Christianity was here by virtue of Constantine 1. You pays yr money…

  • terence patrick hewett

    … and St David is the only Saint whose country can claim was truly indigenous… tee, hee said Chaucer.

  • Who’s the patron saint of whiskey ?

    Saint Scotland or Saint Kentucky ?

  • terence patrick hewett

    @ Taylor

    The Patron Saint of the Water of Life is Ireland: the concept is a Sin but the Irish taught the Scot and the Americas to make Whisky or Whiskey: the Dal Riada Scot strikes again.

  • Runcie Balspune

    Of course Christianity was here by virtue of Constantine 1

    It was Pope Gregory, the early Roman Christianity was virtually wiped out by the Anglo-Saxons.

  • NickM

    Of course when St Jeremiah of the Corbynshites becomes First Comrade of the Elect we’re getting St George’s Day off.

  • Julie near Chicago

    Snorri, by you the indisputably Patronest of patron saints must surely be St. Bertrand of Russell. Or, perhaps more accurately speaking, the Spirit who appears wearing a B.R. suit and looking like two Docs.

  • Snorri Godhi

    Julie: please note that Bertrand Russell was born in Monmouthshire*, and therefore was “of Monmouth”.

    But i should have known that you or perhaps Niall would be the first to see what i was hinting at.

    * as i found out just before writing my comment above.

  • Julie near Chicago


    (Or, as St. B. of M. — not perhaps the most felicitous form of reference, and certainly not if compacted per the current uncivilized written style — might have, though did not exactly, put it:

    ( “You can say any dam thing you want, but that don’t automatically mean it means somethin’.”

    Smart guy, St. Bertie.)

  • James

    Taylor asked who was the patron saint of whiskey/ whisky. It was St Neot .

  • Nicholas (Unlicenced Joker) Gray

    So countries founded by Britons can pick and choose their Patron Saints? Anzac day is on the 25th of April, which is close to St George, and St George is depicted as a dragon-slayer, which is appropriate for us Australians, since China is not too far away.
    Which saint would be good for America?

  • Mr Ed

    Which saint would be good for America?

    Can we rule out Saint Hillary the Martyr, Patron Saint of coin tossers, coughs, cloths, cattle futures, white water rafters, law firm billing records, limitation periods, diplomats, Electoral Colleges, Shredders, cleaning maids, abused women, private servers, Charitable Foundations, Uranium miners, Haiti and vast Right-Wing conspiracies?

  • Clovis Sangrail

    The USA might like Saint Cajetan, who is the patron saint of gamblers.

    I also commend St Adrian of Nicomedia, patron saint of arms dealers, St Jude (lost causes), St Lucy (salesmen), St Philip (Special Forces and pastry chefs) and St Denise (invoked against bicycle accidents).

  • Paul Marks

    Whether people like it or not, without the United States of America the West will be destroyed – so utterly destroyed that even memory that it once existed may well fade.

    Therefore America must be not a saint, but an Angel – and a particular Angel. The Archangel Michael – the warrior, the sword and shield against the forces of evil.

    “But America has been horribly corrupted” – yes indeed it has, but it must pick itself out of its own vomit and excrement in the gutter – and stand upright again. Or the West is doomed.

  • Y. Knott

    You’ve all cruelly neglected the Patron Saint of plate-smashing – Saint Looney-Up-The-Cream-Bun-and-Jam! Shame on you all!