Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Feast of Saint Stephen of Hungary

ACCORDING TO the old calendar, today is the feast of Saint Stephen, King of Hungary (d. August 15, 1038).

Saint Mary of Victories Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - statue of King Stephen of Hungary

Szent István, Saint Stephen, was first king of the Hungarians and defender of the Faith.  He is shown wearing the Sacred Crown of Hungary, traditionally used in the coronation of nearly all the kings of that country. For a while it was in custody of the United States and stored at Fort Knox.

Saint Mary of Victories Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - shrine of King Stephen of Hungary

From a letter of Saint Stephen to his son:
My beloved son, delight of my heart, hope of your posterity, I pray, I command, that at every time and in everything, strengthened by your devotion to me, you may show favor not only to relations and kin, or to the most eminent, be they leaders or rich men or neighbors or fellow countrymen, but also to foreigners and to all who come to you. By fulfilling your duty in this way you will reach the highest state of happiness. Be merciful to all who are suffering violence, keeping always in your heart the example of the Lord who said, "I desire mercy and not sacrifice." Be patient with everyone, not only with the powerful, but also with the weak.
Finally be strong lest prosperity lift you up too much or adversity cast you down. Be humble in this life, that God may raise you up in the next. Be truly moderate and do not punish or condemn anyone immoderately. Be gentle so that you may never oppose justice. Be honorable so that you may never voluntarily bring disgrace upon anyone. Be chaste so that you may avoid all the foulness of lust like the pangs of death.

All these virtues I have noted above make up the royal crown, and without them no one is fit to rule here on earth or attain to the heavenly kingdom.
These photos were taken at Saint Mary of Victories Church in Saint Louis, which is a Hungarian personal parish.  The photos above were taken in 2006, the following photos were taken last Sunday.

Our Lady of Victories Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - sanctuary

Our Lady of Victories Chapel, in Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - north transept


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