Our church’s paragon
Our church’s paragon
King Saint Stephen (1000-1038)
Pray to King Saint Stephen’s people
King Stephen’s poor nation, fold down your brow,
Kneel down, and scatter all of your trouble, sorrow,
The Cross-tree was your hope’s pillar for a thousand year,
And now be Christ’s sign your better future’s pledge,
Christ, like bread and wine, Lord and King above the Earth,
Coalesce to one all nation and people in peace!
This is King Saint Stephen’s true legacy
We can talk about his economy, that he created, but was gone. We can talk about our language,
but it is always form and change, but after all, we can consider our Home to his legacy, that the
people guarded more or less.
I think, the most important is the spiritual legacy, that he left to the people. He was ranked high
because of his wisdom and rightfullness, not just in Hungary, but all around the world. His political acts
was always guided by the respect of peace.
What can we do to follow King Saint Stephen’s example, to advert our future?
-To care of our children
-Teach them to spiritual growth, searching for positive paragons, and to create right values.
-Do our tasks with faith.
-Read the Bible, it should not to be just a decoration.
-Always hope the best.
-Do everything that we can to make our life better.
-Aspire to pure morality, not just with words, but with our life.
-Like every men and women, like we studied from Saint Stephen, and that leads us to happiness.
The first and the most important thing that he left to us is the faith.
It was not a political act to be a christian. He was deeply religious. His legendarian observed that King
Stephen prayed a lot, not like other rulers. He raised his son, Imre in faith, too. His life’s most trustworthy
memories in latin language: Remonstance. He wrote down that he put the faith on the first place, and not the power
is the most important. It is interesting, and instructive what things he thaught important. He wrote that too, that
there are a lot of feeble-minded, chesty men in the advisory board, and it not worth a straw. Need to suitable
men in the council, and it helps the country to improve. He also wrote that if the king was infected by godlessness,
cruelty, the king should be called oppressor.
He speaks about the importance of love:
Be graceful with everybody, everywhere.
Be proptious with everybody because practice of the affection leads to the principal happiness.
The other one, which he left us as his heritage, is his hope.
At the end of his life, it seemed everything collaps that he created. He did not have a successor.
It seemed that God left him too, he was affraid that the Christian faith disappears from the Hungarians,
the capital work of his life will be distroyed. What may he had done in this situation? He was hoping, despite of the
hopelessness. He gave his folk int Holy Mary.
We may thank this for the fact that our faith, our language, our country exist despite the storms of the history.
The third thing, which Saint Stephen aimed at improving the ethical edge through strict laws.
He knew what Dániel Berzsenyi formulated so:
All countries hold on clean morals, which are crash, Rome falls, and all goes to enslavement.
The history confirmed his truth to this saying.
The legend shows him as a pious one, who entrusts himself to God, prays a lot and fasts,
falls in front of the Lord in tears to impoling for help, and helps every needy.
Saint Stephen’s heritage: his right hand remained. A clenched hand. Not the sign of the threat, but a last message.
He tried to gather up his folk in his whole life. He wanted the Hungarian to be a solidary folk.
The picture of Saint Stephen lived richly in the hungarian folk’s belief world. His best-known feature was his healing power, what he accomplished with the touch of his hand many times, like other european holy kings.
But spring-water, like the Somogyvár one, has a wonderful strenght, which is ascribed to him was used to remedy in the middle ages. The Saint Stephen order maintained thermal water hospitals. The person’s waist complaints eased off after sat down into Saint Stephen’s chair, which is located in the Pannonhalma crypt. Who pestered his aching tooth with the splinter of the ancient big tree at the Göcsej Apáti forest, got rid of his toothache, because Saint Stephen took a rest under the tree. The people’s belief preserved events like that when injured soldiers were healed by Saint Stephen.
Multifarious craftsman regarded Stephen as his patron. The heart-shaped upper cutting of the Szeged boots, called the Saint Stephen’s cutting is an example, that the trailors and the cobblers in Szeged called him for help.
The next fifty years after his death justifies this enermous authority, because Stephen’s graveside did not injured in the war, which was between the brothers. When he was dead, there were a numberless miracle, when Saint Leslie opened his grave. They could not move away the cover of the grave, till Leslie did not set his cousin, Salamon free. When they removed the cover stone, a fantastic fragnance boarded from it, because the coffin contained a lot of fragnant oil, which was increased if they dipped.
There are legends about various healing: cripple kids healed around the grave, dead persons were resurrected,
but a lot of people healed on the way to the grave. We preserve nowadays his relic, the Holy Right Arm, and Sain Stephen directed the hungarians, and God’s earthly country with that. In honour of his hand, an abbey was set in the end of the XI. century, on the Berettyó’s shore, where the hand was burried. Onto the strange significance of the relic indicates that the intestine of his respect got into the Golden Bull.
The Holy Right arm’s millennial road
Saint Leslie picked out Saint Stephen’s remains from his grave in Székesfehérvár, on the occasion of initiation.
According to Hartvik’s legend, the king’s right hand was intact. It is a historical fact, that Saint Leslie settled the abbey in Szentjobb, due to the keeping of the relic.
The Saint Right Hand got into Bosnia under the turkish rule, but Christian dealers redeemed it from here. At this time, the hand placed in the dominicans monastery in Raguza. They preserved it more than two hundred years on this place, but the hungarians knowed nothing about the whereabouts of the relic. The hand’s secret locality was found under Maria Theresa’s reign. The Quenn took the relic to Schonbrunn, and after that to Buda. She entrusted the guarding of the hand to her court parson and to the English misses’ chief woman.
In 1862, the hungarian episcopal order created a shrine ornamented with noble metals and stones for the relic.
Today, the Saint Right Arm is placed in the Saint Stephen’s Basilica.
Hungary’s and the church’s patron saint: Virgin Mary