St. Stephen reminds me of one of my favorite Christmas carols: "Good King Wenceslas."
In the famous carol, King Wenceslas spots a poor man on the "Feast of Stephen" (Dec 26) and instructs his page to bring meat and wine in order to bless the poor man.
It is a wonderful story-carol.
I love the tune because it inspires one to start singing.
The old fashioned words are beautiful. They are also challenging when the tune is sung at a lively pace.
Of course, I drag my whole family into the carol singing, too!
I love the part of the song when the page is weary and cold but Good King Wenceslas encourages him to keep going.
This is what happens:
Saint Wenceslas (d. 935) is a Catholic martyr known for his love for the poor and his secret night vigils before the altar of the Blessed Sacrament. The last line of the carol captures the intent of the song and the true example of Saint Wenceslas:
Therefore, Christian men, be sure
Wealth or rank possessing
Ye who now will bless the poor
Shall yourselves find blessing