Today, December 26, is the feast of Saint Stephen. Stephen was one of the first deacons (Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6). He is the patron saint of Catholic deacons. He was also the first martyr.
You’re probably familiar with the song, “Good King Wenceslas“. “Good King Wenceslas looked down, on the feast of Stephen.” The song continues on to tell us that the King went out to help a poor man who was gathering firewood on the King’s property. Instead of running him off, the King went out and helped the man. That’s one of the reasons he was called “Good King Wenceslas”. There was another Czech King Wenceslas, but he was anything but good.
It’s good to recall that the writer of the song thought it was important to mention that this happened on Stephen’s feast day. It’s also important to remember that the story took place on the day after Christmas.