Monday, September 28, 2009

St. Wenceslaus

Continuing with the Czech theme, it is the feast day of St. Wenceslaus, which is also celebrated in the Czech Republic as a Czech Statehood Day. I wonder if the real meaning of the day has some significance? Probably in old religious circles.

This is what Catholic Online has posted about him:

St. Wenceslaus
Feastday: September 28

St. Wenceslaus (903-29), also known by Vaclav, was born near Prague, and was the son of Duke Wratislaw. He was taught Christianity by his grandmother, St. Ludmila. The Magyars, along with Drahomira, an anti-Christian faction murdered the Duke and St. Lumila, and took over the government. Wenceslaus was declared the new ruler after a coup in 922. He encouraged Christianity. Boleslaus, his brother, no longer successor to the throne, after Wenceslaus' son was born, joined a group of noble Czech dissenters. They invited Wenceslaus to a religious festival, trapped and killed him on the way to Mass. He is the patron saint of Bohemia and his feast day is Sept. 28.

(photo credit. Picture from here. )

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