Monday, March 15, 2010

On your feet, Magyar...

...the homeland calls!

Such is the rousing beginning of a poem called "National Song" written by Sándor Petőfi and pronounced in a large public square here in Budapest on March 15, 1848. Today is an important national holiday for Hungary, and I am moved by the nobility and pride that emanates from faces and is reflected in the "Sunday-best" dress of those in the streets.

You can find more information regarding this Revolution Day and the full text of the poem here.

Yes, dear Magyar (Hungarians), stand and be counted! Hear the truth that sets you free, then carry it to the world, friends! Many people are an example to me since they have stood fast in faith through oppression that I cannot understand. May the light of Jesus spread and the local church continue to arise.

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