St. Stephen the Protomartyr
Little is known about St. Stephen, the first martyr.
He was a Hellenized Jew who lived in Jerusalem and was converted
to Christianity. He was among the first seven deacons of the church.
The elders of the Jewish temple, having failed to win their argument
with him, accused him of blasphemy because he asserted that the temple
would be destroyed and the law of Moses had ended with the coming of
Stephen answered their charges eloquently and was stoned to death c. 36.
Legends recorded in Georgian and Slavonic relate that Stephen converted
Pilate and his family to Christianity. Other legends say that Saul was
Stephen's cousin. Rebuked for his faith by Saul, Stephen fortells Saul's
conversion, and Saul strikes him with a stick. Saul then leads the elders
in stoning his cousin.
In 415, the priest Lucian discovered Stephen's relics at Kefr Gamla
and took them to the church of Sion.
Karen Rae Keck
Fr. Alexander Mileant:
Holy Protomartyr Stephen the Archdeacon:
--- Fr. Alexander
- Vita --- Antiochian
Christian Archdiocese of North America
Catholic Patron Saints Index:
- Vita ---Catholic Information Network
1912 Catholic Encyclopedia: (Read with caution)
- Vita by
Father Robert F. McNamara ---St. Thomas the Apostle Roman
Catholic Church Rochester, NY, USA
(Read with caution -- Protestant bias.
References are to King James Version.)
J. J. Scott:
Stephen's Speech: A Possible Model for Luke's Historical Method?
--- Wheaton College
- St. Gregory of Nyssa:
Two Homilies Concerning St. Stephen:
Copyrighted translation by Richard (Br. Casimir) McCambly and David
---Holy Dormition Orthodox Church, Cumberland, RI,
- Icon ---St. Stephen Antiochian Orthodox Church, Campbell, CA,
Martyrdom of St. Stephen ---St. John the Forerunner
Antiochian Orthodox Church, Cedar Park, TX, USA
- Icon ---Christ the Savior Iconography Project, Norwood, OH,
---L'Iglise Orthodoxe dans l'Yonne, France
. (Image is rather faint.) ---Serbian Unity
scenes from the life of St. Stephen. (Image is somewhat
- Bulgarian Icon ---The World of Art
- Coptic Icon ---Coptic Orthodox Diocese of the Southern United States
- Icon ---St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Cohasset, MA, USA
- Icon ---St. Stephen Episcopal Church, Schenectady, NY, USA
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