Good King Wenceslas

Good King Wenceslas

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.

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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.

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