Monday, December 26, 2016

The Rebel Black Dot Song of the 2nd Day of Christmas

The Irish Rovers, "Good King Wenceslas" via iTunes (from An Irish Christmas) (The Last Jolly Man)

Commentary: 26 December is not the feast of Saint Wenceslas (that's on 28 September, when the weather is usually balmy), 'tis the feast of Saint Stephen the Protomartyr. So why is "Good King Wenceslas" traditionally chosen as the R.B.D.S.O.T.D. on the second day of Christmas? So glad you asked!
"Good king Wenceslas looked out on the feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay all about deep and crisp and even…"
But that's not all. "Good King Wenceslas" is a beautiful carol for this blessed time of year due to the message it imparts to all who have ears to hear.
"…Therefore Christian men be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
He who now will bless the poor shall yourselves find blessing!"
If you are reading these words, you have access to electricity & an incredible machine, a tool unimaginable to your grandparents in their youth. Ponder the many ways in which you have been blessed, both materially & spiritually, & consider how you might aid those you are poorer than you.

No comments: