''The Good Duke''

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It's a supernatural Christmas story. King Wenceslas was the Duke of Bohemia in the years 921-935. He is now patron Saint of the Czech Republic. He rose every night from his noble bed, with bare feet and only one chamberlain, went around to God’s churches and gave alms generously to widows, orphans, those in prison and afflicted by every difficulty, so much so that he was considered, not a prince, but the father of all the wretched.

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2. chapter two

He spoke last to an old woman prisoner; “May the Lord Jesus Christ, our saviour who was born on this day, bless you and watch over you.”

He looked into the woman’s eyes and saw that they were piercing blue. She must have been quite a beauty in her youth. He felt sorry that her life and folly had brought her to this dark prison cell on Christmas day.

“What is her crime?” He asked the jailer.

“My Lord, she is a priestess of the old school. She performed pagan rites and lead the people in the worship of false gods.

At this Duke Wenceslas said sadly, “’Tis a pity. Had she been guilty of a lesser crime… Had she been guilty of murder even, I would have set her free to go home to die in her bed among her family.”

Then he turned to the old woman;

“Do you not see now how the Christian religion teaches mercy and kindness? This Christmas day I have pressed gold into the hands of the lowliest servant in my castle. Are you not impressed by my good works in the name of Jesus Christ? Do you not renounce the devil and your gods and come to the true savior? Only say the words “I do” and you shall be rid of your chains this Christmas day.”

The priestess lifted her grey head and fixed the Duke with her blue eyes;

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