For our Christmastide liturgy on January 1, Larry Campbell worked up a version of “Good King Wenceslas”. Written in 1853 by John Mason Neale and Thomas Helmore, Sunday’s arrangement was based on a version by the Canadian band the Skydiggers.
- To listen to the carol, simply click play
The carol is loosely based on the story of the historical Wenceslaus I, Duke of Bohemia (907–935), whose reputation for mercy inspired Medieval legends about a good king. The carol tells the story of the king braving harsh winter weather to go to the aid of a poor peasant on the Feast of Stephen – December 26, the second of the twelve days of Christmas. It also reflects the growing commitment of the Anglo-Catholic movement – of which John Mason Neale was a key figure – to address matters of poverty, hunger, and injustice in English society.
You can also take a listen to the recording by Skydiggers by clicking here.