St. Stephen, Protomartyr

It is estimated that Stephen, a deacon of the Church and the first Christian martyr, was killed approximately in the year 35.

Scripture tells us that Stephen “full of grace and power” did great wonders and signs among the people, but his teaching outraged the Jews and they accused him of blasphemy. During his speech to the Jewish council, Stephen looked up into the heavens and proclaimed that he saw Jesus, the Son of Man, standing at the right hand of God.

His accusers were furious. They grabbed him and dragged him out of the city to stone him to death. As he was being executed he cried out, “Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

The full account can be read in Acts of the Apostles, chapters 6-7.

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