Evangelical Lutheran Church
St. Juergen Holtrop

St. Juergen - Saint George

You will tread upon the lion and the adder;
you will trample the great lion and the dragon...
Psalm 91:13

Picture: Saint George and the Dragon For a long time, the original name of our church had been forgotten.

It was nowhere to be found in the old church books, and even the oldest church members could not remember which name the church had originally been dedicated to.

A few years ago someone took up the tedious search in old archives and actually came up with a result.

And so we were able to celebrate the re-dedication of our church to its original name in 2005: It was originally dedicated to the martyr St. Juergen, which is the Northern German form of Saint George.

According to the traditions, George was a soldier in Cappadocia and died in the year of 303 during the persecutions of Christians by the Roman emperor Diocletian. The day of his death, April 23, has become the day of his memorial.

A well-known story connected with Saint George is the legend of the slaying of the dragon.

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Psalm 91

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the LORD,

He is my refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.

Surely he will save you from the fowler's snare
and from the deadly pestilence.
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

You will not fear the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.

A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling
- even the LORD, who is my refuge -
then no harm will befall you,
no disaster will come near your tent.

For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;
they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.

You will tread upon the lion and the adder;
you will trample the great lion and the dragon.

Because he loves me, says the LORD, I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
He will call upon me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honour him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him my salvation

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