Podcast © Franciscan MediaIf it weren’t for Saint Luke telling us about the selection and martyrdom of Saint Stephen in Acts of the Apostles, we would know nothing about him at all. The little we do know, however, speaks volumes about what kind of man he was, his love for Jesus, and the early Church community.
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St. Stephen, first Christian martyr and exemplar deacon, pray for us! pic.twitter.com/Y0K5JuCTCS— Bishop Robert Barron (@BishopBarron) December 26, 2020
Today is the feast day of St. Stephen, a deacon in the Early Church, who is the first martyr of the Christian faith. May we all possess his zeal for the pursuit of truth! #EWTN #Catholic #Christmas #prayforus pic.twitter.com/jLq7FjvJZR— EWTN (@EWTN) December 26, 2020
Today is St Stephen’s Day and the Second Day in the Octave of Christmas. pic.twitter.com/IG9st0Iz5A— Latin Mass Society (@latinmassuk) December 26, 2020
Lord, today we celebrate the entrance of #StStephen into eternal glory.— McCrimmon Publishing (@McCrimmonsuk) December 26, 2020
He died praying for those who killed him.
Help us to imitate his goodness & to love our enemies.
We ask this through #Christ our Lord.#FeastDay #FirstMartyr #ChristmasOctave #Prayer
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Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. He was one of the seven deacons who helped the apostles. He was "filled with faith and with the Holy Spirit". He was stoned outside Jerusalem. He died praying for his executioners.— Church in Poland (@ChurchInPoland) December 26, 2020
St. Stephen, pray for us. pic.twitter.com/SHJlbSMCOW
#Today is the feast day of St. Stephen, the first martyr. His final words mirror those of Jesus on the cross. May we all strive to live our faith courageously! #EWTN #Catholic #prayforus pic.twitter.com/5W5BqdXdoY— EWTN (@EWTN) December 26, 2018
Gospel: The day after Christmas we mark the Feast of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr. It's a reminder that even with the coming of Christ into our lives, the way of discipleship can be hard. But as Jesus says in today's Gospel, "Whoever endures to the end will be saved." pic.twitter.com/mreVGK52lE— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) December 26, 2019
Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr. He was one of the seven deacons who helped the apostles in the service of the poor. He was "filled with faith and with the Holy Spirit". He was stoned outside Jerusalem ans died praying for his executioners. pic.twitter.com/pLTTfPTncf— Church in Poland (@ChurchInPoland) December 26, 2019
Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Stephen, the first Christian martyr. St Stephen cared for the poor and those in need. He is the patron saint of altar servers and deacons. St Stephen, Pray for us. #StStephen pic.twitter.com/WjTRvY9r35— CatholicBishops (@CatholicBishops) December 26, 2019
“Lord, today we celebrate the entrance of St Stephen into eternal glory. He died praying for those who killed him. Help us to imitate his goodness and to love our enemies.”— Tom Wehner (@TomWehner) December 26, 2019
St. Stephen, martyr, pray for us. #CommunionOfSaints #ProtoMartyr pic.twitter.com/B3NaVybVQx
Today is the Feast of St. Stephen, first martyr.— Diocese of Trenton (@TrentonDiocese) December 26, 2018
St. Stephen was one of the first deacons ordained for the Church. While he was preaching, he was accused of blasphemy and then stoned to death outside of the city of Jerusalem.
St. Stephen, pray for us! pic.twitter.com/cUrEYOLEGa
“Stephen, filled through all his being with the Holy Spirit, looked steadily up into Heaven. He saw the glory of God, and Jesus himself standing at his right hand.” Acts 7:55— Canterbury Cathedral (@No1Cathedral) December 26, 2019
Today is the Feast day of St Stephen, Deacon and First Martyr.
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“As they were stoning Stephen, he called out,— Eamon Martin (@ArchbishopEamon) December 25, 2020
Lord Jesus, receive my spirit”
To give our lives to God, that is our calling. And opportunities to do so open up every moment of every day. #StStephen Martyr pic.twitter.com/DOcqOVdVim
St. Stephen Sir John Everett Millais Bt PRA (1829-96) pic.twitter.com/pLgZB6Fmnu— ɯonɐɔɥodsᴉs (@bilmeyenbiriyim) December 22, 2020
Everything we know about St. Stephen (d. 34), one of the first deacons and Christianity’s first martyr, comes from chapters six and seven of the Acts of the Apostles in the New Testament. Stephen came from a family of Hellenists, Jews who had emigrated from Palestine to one of the Greek-speaking provinces of the Roman Empire. These Jews spoke Greek rather than Aramaic, and in their synagogues they heard the Scriptures read in Greek rather than Hebrew. The sixth chapter of Acts tell us that tension arose between the Greek Jewish converts to Christianity and the Palestinian Jewish converts. The Greeks said that their widows and needy were being neglected in favor of the Hebrew poor. To resolve the problem, the apostles ordained seven men as deacons to serve the poor and preach the Faith. The first name on this list of seven is Stephen.READ MORE
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One of the first deacons of the Church was a man named Stephen, a man filled with the Holy Spirit and with faith. Besides his job of overseeing the distribution of the poor, he also preached. A group of Jewish Hellenists strongly resented Stephen’s preaching of salvation through Jesus. The situation became so tense that they found witnesses to falsely testify that Stephen had committed blasphemy.
Stephen was arrested and brought to the court. The odds were against him and Jesus said, “When they hand you over, do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say; for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour; for it is not you who speak, but the Spirit of your father speaking through you (Mathew 10:19–20). Stephen knew he would be helped by the Holy Spirit, and he wasn’t afraid.
Saints and Feast Days, by Sisters of Notre Dame of Chardon, Ohio