Magyar News, 2004. szeptember-2005. augusztus (15. évfolyam, 1-12. szám)

2004-09-01 / 1. szám

1 August 20, Saint Stephen's Day The celebration of Hungary’s first king Every year the Hungarians celebrate St. Stephen, the first king of Hungary. In the procession the carry the Holy Right Hand. Political systems not always favored this. They named the day HARVEST DAY or later the CONSTITUTION DAY. Now it is back to normal and it is St. Stephen’s Day. With his father, Géza, he founded the state of Hungary, organized the country, and introduced the people to Christianity. He was preparing his son, Emeric, to be the next king and lead the Hungarians in a more prosperous state. Unfortunately Emeric died before time. We were lucky that King Stephen wrote down his belief of how a decent per­son should live. Also made it clear of how a ruler should treat his people. Many of our politicians should take the trouble to read it and learn from it. It would do good for the world. Excerpt from Saint Stephen's admonitions to his son Emeric: “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 T half of a century ago the people in Budapest at the Heroe s Square in an unbelieveble number celebrated Saint Stephen 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. Q This picture from Mark Kalti s Chronical shows King Stephen and Queen Gizella founding a church in Óbuda (Budapest) r