Who was “Good King Wenceslas”?

Today I learned a bit about a Christmas hymn that I’ve never paid much attention to, though it’s in a few hymnals and most books of carols, and you’ll hear instrumental versions of the tune throughout the Christmas season. Who was “Good King Wenceslas”, and why should we care about him during Christmas?

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Silent Night- the backup plan.

Today I’d like to share one of my favorite hymn stories of all time: the origins of the beloved Christmas hymn, Silent Night. The existence of this hymn can be entirely credited to a broken organ in a church in the Austrian Alps. No organ– talk about a “silent night”!

Silent night! Holy night!
All is calm, all is bright
’round yon virgin mother and child!
Holy infant, so tender and mild,
sleep in heavenly peace,
sleep in heavenly peace.

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