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Happy Boxing Day

So, it’s Boxing Day (or for my U.S. friends it’s Dec. 26th)!

It’s also the big post-Christmas sales day in Canada.

And, of course, it’s also St. Stephen’s Day.  My father told me I was named after St. Stephen the first Martyr but he didn’t tell me he was stoned for giving speeches that were too long and blasphemous!  Ack!

(“Good King Wenceslaus looked out on the feast of Stephen.  And the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even…”)

So Saint Stephen must also be the patron saint of lighthouses and not just shopping – not really that was St. Venerius the Hermit who died in the year 409 who is the patron saint of lighthouse keepers –  There is no canonized patron saint for shoppers (although St. Nicholas could fill the bill!) but the patron saint for the Internet is Saint Isidore of Seville.

 

Good King Wenceslas looked out
On the feast of Stephen
When the snow lay round about
Deep and crisp and even
Brightly shone the moon that night
Though the frost was cruel
When a poor man came in sight
Gath’ring winter fuel

“Hither, page, and stand by me
If thou know’st it, telling
Yonder peasant, who is he?
Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence
Underneath the mountain
Right against the forest fence
By Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh and bring me wine
Bring me pine logs hither
Thou and I will see him dine
When we bear him thither.”
Page and monarch forth they went
Forth they went together
Through the rude wind’s wild lament
And the bitter weather

“Sire, the night is darker now
And the wind blows stronger
Fails my heart, I know not how,
I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, my good page
Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage
Freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod
Where the snow lay dinted
Heat was in the very sod
Which the Saint had printed
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing

Stephen

Posted on: December 26, 2014, 6:18 am Category: Uncategorized

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