Wednesday, September 28, 2011

King for a day

Today is the Feast of St. Wenceslaus! Every day an email bounces up into my inbox to tell me whose saint's day it is. That is St. Wenceslaus up above looking over Prague. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic.

Now all day I am going to have "Good King Wenceslas" on my brain.

St. Wenceslaus was born in Prague. But I get the idea "Good King Wenceslas" is an Irish song. The Irish Rovers do a good version.

There is a joke someone wrote on that video.

"How does St. Wenceslas order his pizza?
"Deep pan, crisp and even."

Ha, ha! Pennario would have loved that joke. He loved puns.

How adorable is this?

I am reading up on St. Wenceslaus and I see he was murdered by his brother, Boluslaw. He is supposed to inspire Catholics to political activism. Haha, that would go over big in Buffalo, if I got into political activism!  Variants of Wenceslaus' name are Vaceslav and Vaclav. He is the patron saint of the Czech Republic, hence Vaclav Havel.

St. Wenceslaus died in 935 in a place with a wonderful name, Alt-Bunzlau. On Sept. 28. That is today! Saints' days are often the day the saint died. His body was hacked to pieces but three years later his brother repented and moved the body to Prague's Church of St. Vitus. If you are ever in Prague you must take that opportunity to visit St. Wenceslaus' relics and pay your respects.

The Feast of St. Wenceslaus sounds to me as good a reason to start the Christmas season.

A good way to kick it off would be to open a beer! Besides being the patron saint of the Czech Republic, St. Wenceslaus is a patron saint of brewers.

We must drink to him.

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