Friday, September 30, 2022

Saint Stephen, First Martyr – Feast Day – December 26

The Feast of Saint Stephen, the First Martyr

Saint Stephen, the First Martyr is the Patron Saint of

  1. Altar Servers
  2. Acoma Indian Pueblo;
  3. Casket makers;
  4. Cetona, Italy;
  5. Deacons;
  6. Headaches;
  7. Horses;
  8. Kessel, Belgium;
  9. Masons;
  10. Owensboro, Kentucky;
  11. Passau, Germany;
  12. Serbia;
  13. Republic of Srpska;
  14. Prato, Italy

Saint Stephen Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Deacons who became Saints

Today’s Readings – Year C

Saint Stephen, the First Martyr brief life History

Date of Birth 5 AD
Country of Birth Israel in Asia
Profession Deacon and Protomartyr
Place of Work Jerusalen, Israel
Date of Death 34 AD
Place of Death Jerusalem, Judaea
Feast Day December 26
Beatification By Pre-Congregation
Canonization By Pre-Congregation
Patron Saint of Altar Servers
Acoma Indian Pueblo;
Casket makers;
Cetona, Italy;
Kessel, Belgium;
Owensboro, Kentucky;
Passau, Germany;
Republic of Srpska;
Prato, Italy

Saint Stephen, the First Martyr Short life History

There is good reason to believe that St. Stephen was one of the seventy-two disciples of our blessed Lord. After the Ascension he was chosen one of the seven deacons.

The ministry of the seven was very fruitful; but Stephen especially, “full of grace and fortitude, did great wonders and signs among the people.” Many adversaries rose up to dispute with him, but “they were not able to withstand the wisdom and the spirit that spoke.”

At length he was brought before the Sanhedrin, charged, like his divine Master, with blasphemy against Moses and against God. He boldly upbraided the chief priests with their hard-hearted resistance to the Holy Ghost and with the murder of the “Just One.”

They were stung with anger, and gnashed their teeth against him. But when, “filled with the Holy Ghost and looking up to heaven, he cried out, ‘Behold, I see the heavens opened and the Son of man standing at the right hand of God,’ they rushed upon him, and dragging him forth without the city, they stoned him to death.”

Today’s Saint Stephen Feast Day Quote:

If ever you are tempted to resentment, pray from your heart for him who has offended you.

Saint Stephen Feast Day
Saint Stephen Feast Day

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