Monthly Archives: December 2010
Happy Second Day of Christmas!! How blessed we are to have not one, but TWELVE days to celebrate our Savior’s birth!!
Today is traditionally the Feast day of St. Stephen. It’s not celebrated Dec. 26th this year, because of the Feast of the Holy Family, which is always the Sunday after Christmas Day. But I still wanted to post the lyrics to this old ballad about the good King Wenceslas, and the miracle brought about on St. Stephen’s Feast by the good saint’s faithful care of the poor.
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
Who doesn’t love Christmas carols? Definitely not me. I’ve had my radio on 89.5 FM (the local Christian station that plays only Christmas music throughout December) solid for about three weeks now. It’s such a lovely time of year, and since it only come once every three-hundred-and-sixty-five days(give or take), I plan to enjoy every aspect of it thoroughly.
Today I was walking past my bedroom door (my bedroom being the local of my radio), and I heard poor Charlie Brown’s heartfelt plea, “Isn’t there ANYONE who knows what Christmas is all about?!?” Poor Charlie. There was faithful little Linus though, and his sweet reply, “Sure Charlie Brown, I can tell you what Christmas is all about.
‘And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them, and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the City of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you: Ye shall find the Babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.”And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men!”‘ [Luke 2:8-14]
“And that’s what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown.”
Dear little Linus…
It struck me though, in a way it never had before. ‘Unto you is born this day…’ Unto YOU. Unto me. This sweet babe was born to die the most humiliating of deaths, and all for me. All for you. All for those poor and terrified shepherds.
Rejoice in His birth, but do not forget His death. His birth did not redeem us. Actually, neither did His resurrection. There would be no Easter Sunday without Good Friday.