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Saint Stephen (the Martyr)

AKA: Stephen the Deacon

Born: no recorded date

Died: A.D. 33 in Jerusalem, Judea, Roman Empire by being stoned to death

Venerated: Roman Catholic Church
Eastern Catholic Church
Eastern Orthodox Church
Oriental Orthodox Church
Assyrian Church of the East
Armenian Apostolic Church
Eastern Catholic Churches
Lutheran Church
Anglican Communion

Canonized: Pre-Congregation

Feast Day: December 26 (Western)
December 27 (Eastern)
January 9 (Eastern Orthodox Churches)
December 26/January 7 (Armenian Apostolic and Armenian Catholic Churches)

Patronages: Against Headaches
Brick Layers
Casket Makers
Guild of Saint Stephen
Places: Acoma, New Mexico
Cetona, Italy
Kessel, Belgium
Diocese of Owensboro, Kentucky
Passau, German
Republic of Srpska, Prato, Italy
Diocese of Cahors, France
Diocese of Toulouse, France

Representation: Deacon carrying a pile of Rocks
Deacon with rocks gathered in his Vestments
Deacon with Rocks on his head
Deacon with rocks or a book at hand
Palm of Martyrdom
Man holding a green palm and a golden book, presumably a Bible

Saint Stephen, a disciple of Christ, chosen after the Ascension as one of the seven deacons, and "full of grace and fortitude, was working great wonders and signs among the people."  Many rose up against him, but they were not able to withstand the wisdom that spoke.

Accused of blasphemy against Moses and against God, he was brought before the Sanhedrin and condemned to be cast out of the city and stoned to death.  Kneeling down before his murderers he cried out with a loud voice saying, "Lord, do not lay this sin against them."  And when he had said this he fell asleep in the Lord, 35 A.D.

Prayer: God, grant that we may imitate the Saint we honor and learn to love our enemies.  For today we celebrate the feast of Saint Stephen who knew how to pray even for his persecutors.  Amen.