Saint of the Day
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Wenceslaus I was the duke (kníže) of Bohemia from 921 until his assassination in 935. His younger brother, Boleslaus the Cruel, was complicit in the murder. His martyrdom and the popularity of several biographies gave rise to a reputation for heroic virtue that resulted in his elevation to sainthood. He was posthumously declared to be a king and came to be seen as the patron saint of the Czech state. He is the subject of the well-known "Good King Wenceslas", a carol for Saint Stephen's Day.
Son of Vratislav I, Duke of Bohemia, whose family had been converted by Saint Cyril and Saint Methodius, and Drahomira, daughter of a pagan chief; she was baptized on her wedding day, but who apparently never seriously took to the faith. Grandson and student of Saint Ludmilla. Duke of Bohemia, ascending to power when his...
Good King Wenceslaus, pray for us. pic.twitter.com/yRpa4NqhB0— Marcos-Alan (@Golden_Harpist) April 26, 2020
The ‘Good King Wenceslas’ of Christmas Carol fame is Wenceslas (Vaclav) I of Bohemia. More myth than history at this point, Vaclav is a national savior figure. He sleeps beneath Mt. Blanik, awaiting his country’s hour of need, when he’ll ride again to its aid. #MythologyMonday pic.twitter.com/gimw1B60yE— Midnight Myth Podcast (@TheMidnightMyth) April 6, 2020