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Saint Stephen the First Martyr

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  • History, Life, Biography, Facts and Information about Saint Stephen the First Martyr
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  • Description / Title of the Saint : Follower of Jesus

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  • Memorial Day / Feast Day of Saint Stephen the First Martyr: December 26
  • Description / Title of the Saint : Follower of Jesus
  • Date of Death: Saint Stephen the First Martyr died 35AD

The Story and History of Saint Stephen the First Martyr
The story and history of Saint Stephen the First Martyr.

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 Sanhedrim, 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"

Feast Day of Saint Stephen the First Martyr
The Feast Day of Saint Stephen the First Martyr is December 26. The origin of Feast Days: most saints have specially designated feast days and are associated with a specific day of the year and these are referred to as the saint's feast day. The feast days first arose from the very early Christian custom of the annual commemoration of martyrs on the dates of their deaths at the same time celebrating their birth into heaven.

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