Song of the Day: “Good King Wenceslas”

Happy Day after Christmas! Today is the feast of St. Stephen, considered the first martyr in the Church. You can find his story in the Acts of the Apostles, chapters 6 and 7. I won’t go into the whole story, but the upshot was he was stoned to death. A friend of ours told us that a tradition in her house was to sit and throw walnuts at each other on his feast. Anyway, John Mason Neale wrote this song in the 19th Century, telling the story of King Wenceslas seeing a poor man collecting wood on the feast and seeking the man out with food and other gifts. All I know about the choir is that it’s a traditional one.

5 thoughts on “Song of the Day: “Good King Wenceslas”

  1. John,

    I know of Stephen’s stoning but I’m not familiar with the fest to honor this martyr, though. Thanks for the reminder of “Good King Wenceslas” story which I had forgotten. Have a songsational day, my friend!


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