Name-Saint of Papa Rutherford I, Catholicos of
By custom, like with many Patriarchs around the world, the
Papa-Catholicos may either use one of his Christian names or take a new
name for his reign. Rutherford I opted to retain his own given name in
honour of his family. It is taken from Ruddervoorde, an
village of Bruges, the capital of the County of Flanders, a location of
significant historical convergence of their Spanish-Italian, Russian,
and Byzantine ancestors.
Since there is no saint of the exact same name, his name-saint was
St. George. Why was this saint chosen?
name Rutherford is an anglicised version of Ruddervoorde (given in
various other spellings, such as Riddervoorde and Ridefort), an old
town in Flanders within modern-day Belgium. The Flemish word "ridder"
means "knight." St. George, so often depicted as a knight, was an
officer in the elite Praetorian Guard of the Roman Army, where he was
serving when he was killed for his Christian faith during the
Diocletian Persecution. While the concept of medieval knighthood as we
know it did not exist at that time, St. George was an officer in an
elite military unit, which also had its own cavalry wing.
Thus George is an excellent representation among the Saints in
Heaven of the underlying meaning of the name of the
St. George, though a Roman officer, was of Greek origin. He was from
Cappadoccia, in Anatolia. He not only is a major figure within the
history and patrimony of the Catholicate and entire Imperial Roman
Church, he is also widely respected and venerated, from Italy,
Russia, Spain, France, and England, among many others.
Order of Saints George and
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