SAINT GEORGE MINISTRY
Our ministry celebrates a total of 4 festivals throughout the year which to us all hold special significance. The festivals that we honour are detailed below together with their respective meanings to us and their dates.
See our section HERE on what Saint George means to us as a ministry. We celebrate this festival on the 23rd April.
It was on this night in 1966 that The Church of Satan was founded by Anton Szandor LaVey. Anton shaved his head as did the executioners of years gone by as part of his founding ritual of his Church. The Church of Satan and Anton's book The Satanic Bible has been a source of inspiration for many people since his Bible was first published in 1968. Since this date this book has never been out of print. Anton became renowned as a practitioner of the occult and was known as "The Black Pope". His book explains the hypocrisy with many organised religions and advocates the adversary of The Christian Bible as a icon of reason and truth. We celebrate this festival in honour of The Black Pope for his services to the occult. Anton died in 1997.
In addition we also celebrate this festival as it is a Celtic fire festival which welcomed in the coming of the Spring season as was known (and still is) as a night on which Witches and Warlocks would gather.
The name "Walpurgis Night" came from Saint Walpurgis Nacht (German), Nacht means night.
St Walpurgis, or Walpurga, or Walburga, depending upon the time and area in which she is referred to, was born in Sussex (England) about the end of the seventh or at the beginning of the eighth century. She was educated at Winburn in Dorset where after taking her vows as a Nun she remained for twenty seven years. At the insistence of her uncle St Boniface and her brother St Wilibald she set out with other Nuns to found religious houses in Germany. She became a Abbess of a Benedictine Nunnery at Heidenheim. Upon her death on February 25th 779 CE her relics were transported to Eichstadt where she was laid in a hollow rock from which exuded a kind of bituminous oil which later became known as Walpurgis oil which became known for its' miraculous powers against disease. Her tomb became a place of pilgrimage and a church was even built over the spot. She is commemorated at various times, but her festival eventually took the place of an earlier Pagan festival, ie: Beltane, which is traditionally celebrated on the 01st May Eve or on 01st May itself.
The Eve of May has long been known as when all the Demons, Specters, Afreets and Banshees would come forth and hold their revels, which symbolises the fruition of the Spring Equinox. (source The Satanic Bible, by Anton LaVey).
We celebrate this festival on the night of the 30th April.
This festival has long been honoured as a night when the veil between this world and the next is at its' thinnest and as such is the ideal time to communicate with departed spirits. It is also considered by many as a time to honour ones departed ancestors. It is also considered by many, including us, as the start of the Celtic New Year and is duly celebrated as such in whatever way suits the individual. Samhain is the Celtic name for this festival. We celebrate this festival on the night of the 31st October.
This is a festival that originated in Mexico and is anything but macabre as it's name might suggest. It is a celebration of one's ancestors and is in effect a remembrance festival of those that have departed this realm. It is now celebrated in many parts of the world and in Mexico it is celebrated over three days. As a ministry we believe this festival is to pay homage to those that have departed that meant something to us in this life, be it animal or human. In our Temple shop we have an altar where you can leave messages for those that have passed away (both animal or human) and on the night of the 02nd November each year these messages are duly prayed over and cremated by our minister and his wife (High Priest and High Priestess). We celebrate this festival on the 02nd November.