Feast of St. George – April 23 

St. George was a courageous soldier in the Roman army under the Guard of Diocletian. St. George turned against Diocletian in defense of Christianity; this led to St. George’s persecution, torture– which ended in his beheading in A.D. 304.

Many cities and countries proudly honor the patronage of Saint George.

We pray to Our Lord, for the intercession of St. George during these dark times– in defense of Holy Mother Church and Christendom.

The painting presented below, titled St. George on Horseback, is the masterpiece of Mattia Preti (painted circa 1658) and is part of the extraordinary art collection found at St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta.

St. Johns Co-Cathedral (MalteseKon-Katidral ta’ San Ġwann) was built by the Knights of Malta between 1573 and 1578, having been commissioned in 1572 by Grand Master Jean de la Cassière as the conventual church of the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of St John, known as the Knights of Malta. The Church was designed by the Maltese military architect Glormu Cassar (Girolamo Cassar) who designed several of the more prominent buildings in Valletta. The church is considered to be one of the finest examples of high Baroque architecture in Europe and one of the world’s great cathedrals. (Wikipedia).

ST. GEORGE ON HORSEBACK - Masterpiece by Mattia Preti - Marielena Montesino de Stuart


St. John’s Co-Cathedral in Valletta, Malta

ST. JOHN'S CO-CATHEDRAL, VALLETTA, MALTA - Marielena Montesino de Stuart - http-::creativecommons.org:publicdomain:zero:1.0:deed.en

ST. JOHN’S CO-CATHEDRAL, VALLETTA, MALTA – Marielena Montesino de Stuart – http-::creativecommons.org:publicdomain:zero:1.0:deed.en

Interior of St. John’s Co-Cathedral

Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images

Valletta, Malta

Embed from Getty Images


Click HERE to join Marielena’s Special List of Readers.

Please click HERE for important copyright terms and conditions, and instructions for quoting excerpts.

Copyright © Marielena Montesino de Stuart. All rights reserved.




St. George | April 23 | Malta | St. John’s Co-Cathedral | Valletta | Malta | Art | Catholic | Christian | History | Current Events | International | Marielena Montesino de Stuart |