Sunday, 28 September 2008

Memorial of Saint Wenceslaus (Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia)

This is one of the saints venerated today. I chose this saint because according to Wikipedia he is the subject of the popular Boxing Day and Christmas Carol "Good King Wenceslas".

- born c. 907 in Prague, Bohemia to Vratislav I, Duke of Bohemia from the Přemyslid dynasty. His father was a Christian from birth while his mother Drahomíra (daughter of a pagan tribal chief of Havolans) was baptized at the time of her marriage to his father.
- in 921, his father died and he was brought up by his grandmother (Saint Ludmila)
- in 924/925 he assumed government for himself - defeated a rebellious duke of Kouřim named Radslav
- founded a rotunda consecrated to St Vitus at Prague Castle
- was killed on September 28, 935 at Stará Boleslav, Bohemia
- was canonised as a saint due to his martyr's death, as well as several purported miracles that occurred after his death- he is the patron saint of the Czech people and the Czech Republic

Bible Readings for this day (28 Sep, Sun - 26th Week)

Ezekiel 18: 25-28
Thus says the LORD: Yet you say, ‘The Lord’s conduct is unjust!’ Hear, O house of Israel: Is my conduct unjust? Is it not your conduct that is unjust? When a righteous person turns back from his righteousness and practices wrongdoing, he will die for it; because of the wrongdoing he has done, he will die. When a wicked person turns from the wickedness he has committed and does what is just and right, he will preserve his life. Because he considered and turned from all the sins he had done, he will surely live; he will not die.

Philippians 2: 1-11
Therefore, if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort provided by love, any fellowship in the Spirit, any affection or mercy, complete my joy and be of the same mind, by having the same love, being united in spirit, and having one purpose. Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Each of you should be concerned not only about your own interests, but about the interests of others as well. You should have the same attitude toward one another that Christ Jesus had,
who though he existed in the form of God
did not regard equality with God
as something to be grasped,
but emptied himself
by taking on the form of a slave,
by looking like other men,
and by sharing in human nature.
He humbled himself,
by becoming obedient to the point of death
– even death on a cross!
As a result God exalted him
and gave him the name
that is above every name,
so that at the name of Jesus
every knee will bow
– in heaven and on earth and under the earth –
and every tongue confess
that Jesus Christ is Lord
to the glory of God the Father.

Matthew 21: 28-32
Jesus said to the chief priests and elders of the people: “What do you think? A man had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work in the vineyard today.’ The boy answered, ‘I will not.’ But later he had a change of heart and went. The father went to the other son and said the same thing. This boy answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but did not go. Which of the two did his father’s will?” They said, “The first.” Jesus said to them, “I tell you the truth, tax collectors and prostitutes will go ahead of you into the kingdom of God! For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him. But the tax collectors and prostitutes did believe. Although you saw this, you did not later change your minds and believe him.”